Rod Stewart is so devoted to his late pal LONG JOHN BALDRY he is determined to clear the star's debts and give him a spectacular send-off.

A fund had been set up by friends of blues veteran Baldry, who died from a chest infection earlier this month (JUL05) and had been unable to work due to his illness, to cover his spiralling bills.

But although the collection was stopped last Friday (29JUL05) when Baldry's brother ROGER became embarrassed by the charitable gesture, Stewart stepped in.

Stewart's manager ROD STIEFEL says, "They can stop collecting because Rod would never let John go without a proper send-off."

31/07/2005 02:22