FREDDIE Starr faces a “pauper’s funeral” in Spain according to his long term companion as no family have claimed his body.
Nelly Georgieva, 57 told The Sun on Sunday that the madcap comic’s body is still in the hospital morgue in Malaga – three days after his death.
Funerals in Spain usually take place 24 hours after formalities have taken place.
If no one claim Freddie or pays for a funeral he will be cremated by the hospital and his ashes left in a public cemetery.
The grave will be unmarked, with just a serial number marking his grave.
‘I DON’T HAVE THE MONEY’
Spanish funerals cost around £2800 for the simplest of ceremonies and Nelly can’t afford the bill.
Speaking from the home she shared with the comedian, she said: “ “If the family want him to have a funeral in the UK then it could be very expensive to get him there.
“I have no money here. There is a pile of unpaid bills inside.” Dad-of-six Freddie, who married five times to four women, received mixed tributes from his exes, and none of his family have come to his home in Mijas, Spain since his death.
Nelly felt the that the funnyman would prefer to be buried or cremated in Spain as he felt “deserted” by people back home.
Freddie was arrested four times between 2012 and 2014 under Operation Yewtree — the investigation into allegations of historic sex abuse by celebrities including Jimmy Savile.
He was eventually released without charge and later sued a woman who claimed he had groped her in Savile’s dressing room when she was 15 in 1974.
But Freddie lost the libel case and was left facing legal bills of almost £1million. He was forced to sell his £700,000 UK home and moved to Spain in 2015.
Nelly said: “I think he would prefer to rest for eternity here in Spain, where people welcomed him.
“Freddie had bad feelings about back home – he felt that the British people deserted him.” She told how he was a total recluse in the last six months of his life – barely leaving his Spanish flat.
The madcap comic was blighted by illness and preferred to lay on the sofa and watch telly with Nelly doing everything for him.
She said: “He would lie there, in front of the television, not doing much.
“I would cook and clean for him, and he would never go out.”
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