According to the Belfast Telegraph, Gary Moore fans have expressed concerns over the “sorry state” of his grave, saying that the legendary guitarist’s final resting place looks “neglected.”
Moore suffered a heart attack brought on by a massive amount of alcohol he consumed prior to being found dead in bed at a luxury hotel in Spain in February 2011 and was put to rest in Saltdean, East Sussex.
However, the only sign that it’s Moore‘s grave is a small brown cross stating “Gary Moore 1952-2011″ and a few items left behind by fans, the Belfast Telegraph reports. (See photo of Moore‘s grave at BelfestTelegraph.co.uk.)
Local resident Irene Campbell told the paper she would prefer to see a bigger signification at the resting place, explaining, “When I went to look for Gary Moore‘s grave at the parish church, it took me ages to find. Having been to Pere Lachaise in Paris recently and visited Jim Morrison‘s grave, I was expecting some sort of original memorial, maybe a guitar in stone. Just as I was giving up I found it tucked away against a back wall with no obvious markings. The little black scarf draped on the cross probably was what caught my eye. The grave was not delineated or looked after — there were lots of fallen leaves not swept up. I was really disappointed and thought it looked neglected.”
Moore‘s family spokesman issued a statement to the paper explaining that adverse weather conditions were to blame for the delay in erecting a headstone.
“A headstone is currently being made, as arranged by Gary‘s family,” said the spokesman. “It does take some time for the ground, following a burial, to settle and to be able to support a headstone or memorial piece. But with the continuing wet weather, this has added to the time that the ground is taking to settle.”