Updated: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 05:30:00 GMT | By Ben Chalk
50 years of The Rolling Stones

Keith gets out of his tree (2006)

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When Keith Richards fell out of a tree in 2006, headline writers around the world had a field day. What nobody outside his immediate circle knew for a while was that he very nearly died (not, admittedly, for the first time).

He subsequently underwent cranial surgery at a New Zealand hospital, which he credits with saving his life, noting approvingly of the nursing staff, "they brought me a little extra morphine".