A BRITISH funeral director has offered to bring comedian Freddie Starr’s body back from Spain for free after his family found themselves struggling to pay for a funeral in Spain.
Michael Fogg, 54, from Sheffield, has said he will repatriate the late comedian’s body and hold a funeral service for free.
It comes after Starr’s body went unclaimed in a morgue in Malaga Province following a post-mortem on Friday. Coroners said he died of coronary heart disease at his Mijas home.
Fogg told British media said he wanted to offer the service because he did not want the late comedian’s family to be left in ‘turmoil’ if his body remained in Spain.
Donna Smith, Starr’s third wife, said her and the late comedian’s family were ‘blown away’ by the offer.
Starr’s family was reportedly struggling to find the more than €3,240 needed to pay for a Spanish funeral which could have meant his body was buried in a pauper’s grave.
The late comedian lost much of his fortune after becoming embroiled in the sexual misconduct scandal which engulfed the British entertainment world in the wake of revelations about Jimmy Savile.
Prosecutors dropped their case against Starr but he lost a High Court defamation case against his accuser, leaving him liable to pay thousands in legal costs.
The late comedian moved to Mijas shortly after. Neighbours there claimed he racked up more debts after refusing to pay water bills.