Ex-Duran Duran tour manager and partner killed in crash returning from chemo

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Duran Duran's former tour manager has died on his way home from chemotherapy treatment.

Both Craig Duffy and his "beautiful" partner Sue Parmiter were killed when their Volkswagen Golf collided with a large Mitsubishi Shogun on Friday.

The other driver involved in the horror smash near Tivington, Somerset was taken to hospital for his injuries.

Duran Duran was just one of the major bands Craig worked with in a career which kickstarted in 1992 and includes tours with Gorillaz and Blur.

Show production company Entec Sounds paid tribute to Craig and Sue 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. Our condolences go out to his boys Matthew and Marcus and the rest of his and Sue's families. RIP."

Mum-of-two Sue, worked at the Queen Hotel in Portsmouth where bosses have since described her as having the 'most gorgeous laugh'.

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According to The Sun, her team wrote: "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."

Lisa Reid shared her heartbreak on social media: "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."

Friend of the couple, Gerard Franklin said Craig was the 'best tour manager' an artist could ask for.

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He wrote online: "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.

"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."

Across his award-winning career in music, Craig also worked with: Franz Ferdinand, Russell Watson, Madness, Lily Allen, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fugees, U2, Ramones and Ian Dury.

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Avon and Somerset Police has launched an appeal for witnesses to help with their investigation into the tragedy.

A spokesperson said: "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 3.30pm 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."

Witnesses should contact the force's Roads Policing Unit by calling 101 and giving the call handler the reference number 5221111873.

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