Naomi Watts will always have a soft spot for Pink Floyd and their fans because they continue to help her come to terms with her father’s heroin overdose death.
The actress was just seven when her dad, a sound engineer, died in 1976, and she now tells The Guardian newspaper that the family would have been destitute if it wasn’t for her father’s friends in the band.
“When he died, my dad hadn’t saved money, and I guess my mum didn’t have any, so they, the band, very kindly… I think they gave my mum a few thousand dollars to help get things under way. A lump sum, to help.
“It was kind that they did that.”
The money helped Naomi’s mother relocate to the U.K. from Australia and start a new life.
And the kindness of the group’s fans has always given the actress a chance to get to know her dad.
“You’ve got to understand, I’ve got maybe three photos of my dad, and maybe two memories,” she tells the newspaper. “And all of the photos of him are either out of focus or he’s a tiny speck in the background.”
She was recently given a photograph of her father hanging out with friends and members of Pink Floyd and burst into tears, explaining it was the first time she saw a clear picture of her dad smiling.
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