Who was Craig Duffy?
Craig Duffy was an ex-Duran Duran tour manager who was with his partner Sue Parmiter in their VW Golf when the car was involved in a smash with a Mitsubishi Shogun on the A39 coast road near Tivington on Friday. It is reported that they were in their VW Golf when the car was involved in a collision.
The crash took place only two miles from their home in Allerford, Somerset.
RIP Craig Duffy and his partner Sue… Sending sincere condolences to their families and friends. Craig worked with Damon since 1997, first touring with Blur, then with Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad & The Queen, and all the projects Damon took on the road. He will be truly missed 💔 pic.twitter.com/49Mzk4mpsW
— Damon Albarn Unofficial (@DamonUnofficial) May 22, 2021
Pop duo Right Said Fred typed online: “Extremely shocked and saddened to hear that Craig.
“Duffy and his partner Sue died in a car crash yesterday. Craig was our tour manager in the 90s, we rarely agreed on anything but we had stayed in touch and remained friends. He was a good guy and an excellent TM. Rest in peace XX.”
How old was Craig Duffy?
Craig Duffy was believed to be in his 50s.
Craig Duffy Tour Manager
Dad-of-two Mr Duffy worked with bands including Gorillaz and Blur during a hugely successful career. His phenomenal, award-winning music career included tours since 1992 with Franz Ferdinand, Russell Watson, Madness, Lily Allen, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fugees, U2, Ramones and Ian Dury.
His partner Sue, herself a mum of two, had worked at the Queen Hotel in Portsmouth.
Bosses said yesterday: “She was a beautiful, kind-hearted, always thoughtful and helpful person.
“Truly stunning inside and out, with the most gorgeous laugh. Her creativity will live forever throughout the hotel and we won’t ever stop missing her.”
Craig Duffy Death
Duffy and his partner Parmiter were involved in a smash on the A39 coast road near Tiverton in Devon on Friday. Despite emergency services rushing to the scene the pair could not be saved and the other driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Craig had an impressive CV in the music business having worked as a tour manager with Duran Duran, Gorillaz and Blur.
Cops and paramedics raced to the scene, but tragically, the couple couldn’t be saved.
The Shogun driver was also rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
The couple was just two miles from their home in Allerford, Somerset when they were killed.
Craig Duffy Car Accident
The Sun reports that officers with Avon and Somerset Police are looking to speak to anyone who witnessed the crash.
They are pleading for anyone driving along the A39 at around 3.30 pm on Friday to make contact with them. A spokesperson told the outlet: “We’re appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage following a two-vehicle collision on the A39 between Minehead and Porlock in which two people sadly died.
“The collision, between a VW Golf and a Shogun, happened at just before 3.30 pm on Friday near Tivington.
“Emergency crews were called to the location but sadly two people in the Golf, a man and a woman, were pronounced dead at the scene.
“One man, who was in the Shogun, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.”
Craig Duffy Obituary
Pal Gerard Franklin paid tribute to the couple on social media.
“I’m absolutely lost for words to learn of the passing of Craig Duffy, who was tragically killed in a car accident with his partner Sue Parmiter,” he said.
“I had the pleasure of working with Craig when he was the tour manager for Duran Duran.
“He was the best tour manager you could ever wish to meet and have on your team.
“He worked with many bands, from Duran Duran to Blur and Gorillaz.
“He treated everyone with the same level of respect, courtesy and kindness. He was a team player and always made working with him such a joy and pleasure.
“He was a rock and roller in the truest sense of the word – he lived for music and loved his football.
“Most of all, I loved working
Craig Duffy Facebook
Entec Sound & Light wrote on Facebook:
“All of us at Entec are absolutely devastated to hear about the tragic loss of one of our closest friends and one of the Entec family for many years. Craig Duffy and his partner Sue were tragically killed in a car crash while driving home from his Chemotherapy treatment. Our industry won’t be the same without Craig.”
Lisa Reid remembered her “beautiful sister” Ms Parmiter.
“I lost my best friend in the whole world to a car accident. I’m going to miss you sis, and I don’t know what I’m going to do without you,” she said.
Band The Damned said Mr Duffy “always had a smile and an anecdote to share” and was a “top of the league tour manager”.
Officers with Avon and Somerset Police have launched a desperate appeal for witnesses.