Date: May 1, 2006 21:58
Richards has become an icon of excess during his more than four decades as a rock star. It is claimed he once kicked a serious heroin habit by having his entire blood supply replaced in a Swiss clinic. According to Richards, it is a "super legend and just as long-lived as I am. But it is rubbish."
However, he is known to be more than a little accident prone. According to bandmate Ron Wood, he once slipped on a frankfurter lobbed on stage while playing a concert in Frankfurt, Germany. "Even more ridiculously," Richards has been quoted as saying, "two days later in Hamburg, I slipped on a hamburger. It's absolutely true."
In 1998, the band had to delay a tour after Richards fell off a ladder while trying to retrieve a book in the library of his Connecticut home.