Singer Suggs discovers family history on Wikipedia
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Friday 24 August 2012
Suggs, the Madness frontman, found details of his estranged father on his own Wikipedia page after years of searching official records.
The singer, whose real name is Graham McPherson, had hoped to be reunited with his father, who walked out on the family shortly after his birth.
After years of searching records offices and references at the British Library, a friend suggested the singer look at his own Wikipedia page.
"I looked myself up and there it all was," he told the Daily Record. "My father had died in 1975, aged just 40. The thing is, this website knew more about my life than me and my whole family."
His father had struggled with heroin and was sectioned before his death.
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