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Ozzy Osbourne Takes 3rd Place In Rock's Biggest Hell-Raiser Poll (9/15/2005)

ROLLING Stone Keith Richards has been voted the biggest hell-raiser in rock. The 61-year-old veteran beat competition from young pretenders like Pete Doherty.

Charlotte Church also made the list - ahead of Oasis star Liam Gallagher.

Music channel VH1 asked rock fans to name the top 10 living hell-raisers. Richards came in at number one, thanks to his legendary sex, drugs and rock'n'roll lifestyle during more than four decades of debauchery. The guitarist is famed for his intake of cocaine, heroin, LSD and Jack Daniels. He was rumoured to have travelled to a Swiss clinic for a complete blood transfusion before embarking on one Stones tour. "The things that would kill other people don't kill me. I come from very tough stock," Richards once said.

Second in the poll was singer Courtney Love, whose outrageous behaviour has landed her in a police cell on more than one occasion. It was recently claimed - and later denied - that she was expecting a baby by Alan Partridge star Steve Coogan.

Ozzy Osbourne, who famously bit the head off a dove, and a bat (on stage), was third.

Crack addict Pete Doherty, Babyshambles frontman and boyfriend of supermodel Kate Moss, came fourth.

Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder, Motley Crue's Tommy Lee and Sex Pistols star Johnny Rotten all made the list, as did Robbie Williams.

Williams has had a well-publicised battle with drink and drugs after leaving Take That.

Former Voice of an Angel Charlotte Church was ninth. At 19 she is the youngest on the list, but her partying has put hardened hell-raisers to shame. Among her admirers is Liam Gallagher, who said: "She could be the next Liam. She knows how to get f***ing hammered."

Liam and his brother Noel complete the list at number 10.

VH1 commissioned the survey to mark the finale of Rock Star: INXS, a reality show in which the Australian band try to find a replacement for late singer Michael Hutchence.

Top 10 Living Hell-Raisers
1. Keith Richards
2. Courtney Love
3. Ozzy Osbourne
4. Pete Doherty
5. Shaun Ryder
6. Tommy Lee
7. Johnny Rotten
8. Robbie Williams
9. Charlotte Church
10. Liam and Noel Gallagher


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