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Branson's grief over Adamson.

VIRGIN boss Richard Branson spoke for the first time yesterday about his heartache over the death of his friend Big Country singer Stuart Adamson.

He is making arrangements for the return of the rock star's body to Scotland to spare Stuart's family further agony.

Stuart was found hanged in a hotel in Hawaii last week after a long battle with alcohol problems and depression.

The pair became friends after Branson signed Stuart's first band, the Dunfermline-based Skids, more than 20 years ago.

Last night, Branson said: "Stuart was one of the nicest guys I met in the music business. He was a true gentleman who always had time for fans and friends alike.

"It seems only right that he should be brought back to Scotland, the country he always sang about with such feeling."

Virgin Atlantic have been in contact with Stuart's parents and officials about plans to fly his body from Hawaii to Los Angeles and then Scotland

Airline staff believe it will happen later in the week but not before Christmas.
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