Hundreds attend funeral of former Canning Town Bridge House punk rocker
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of one of the UK’s most well-known post-punk bass players.
Darren Murphy, 50, died in Queen’s Hospital in Romford on February 15 after a long illness, surrounded by family and friends.
His band, Wasted Youth, was signed to Canning Town-based Bridge House Records, the legendary label run by his father, Terry Murphy.
They released six albums, 10 singles and staged more than 200 gigs annually before splitting up in 1983.
The service took place at Our Lady of La Sallette RC Church in Rainham and Darren was buried at Corbets Tey Crematorium in Upminster on February 28.
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Terry said his popular son, who went to St Helen’s RC Primary School in Plaistow and St Bonaventure’s RC School in Forest Gate, would be much missed.
He said: “There were about 40 people in the hospital after he died, Darren’s family and his friends. The doctors said they had never seen anything like it.
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“He had been in and out of hospital for about a year. We thought he would get better but he didn’t.”
After leaving the band, Darren stayed in the music industry and went on to run a record pressing plant for around 20 years. He then toured Europe selling furniture designs.
The Murphys are firmly established in the UK entertainment industry. Darren’s brother Glen, the former London’s Burning actor, is now a successful film producer.
The funeral was attended by former members of Wasted Youth and ex-West Ham manager Alan Curbishley, while actor Ray Winstone flew in from Hollywood.
Terence added: “The service was absolutely sensational. We couldn’t have planned it better.
“I should have charged for it, I would have got a few quid!”
Darren is survived by his wife Wendy, and three children Ethan, Mason and Ellis.