On his daily London radio show, former Boomtown Rats leader and crusader
against African famine Bob Geldof mistakenly announced the death of
Blockheads leader Ian Dury on Monday, according to a spokesperson
for London station XFM. Geldof, who has a daily slot on the station from 4-6 p.m.,
announced Monday -- after receiving erroneous information from a distressed-sounding
listener -- that Dury, who has been battling cancer, had died. Dury, best known for his
late '70s hits "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" and "Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll,"
announced several years ago that he was battling cancer.