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You don't go through life without picking up scars, unless you live inside a purified vacuum glass

Many of us would like our last words spoken on the Earth to be truly enduring, profound and memorable.

Sadly, this doesn’t always happen, but as singer and actor Adam Faith proved, they can still be the stuff of legend: “Channel 5 is all sh*t, isn't it? Christ, the crap they put on there. It's a waste of space” was his widely (and gleefully) reported parting shot before his death of a heart attack aged 62.

Born Terence Nelhams-Wright in Macclesfield, as Adam Faith he bacame a hearthrob in the 1960s. With hits like What Do You Want (If You Don’t Want Money), he established himself as a major rival to another British teen-idol, Cliff Richard.

Pop stardom didn’t last forever, but blond and handsome Adam was quick to reinvent himself as an actor, starring as an ex-convict turned unsuccessful wheeler-dealer in the TV series Budgie in the Seventies and opposite Zoe Wannamaker in comedy drama Love Hurts in the Nineties.

As stage actor, he toured in productions of Twelfth Night and acted with stage legend Dame Sybil Thorndyke in the play Night Must Fall.

He also worked in the music business and discovered the singer Sandie Shaw, as well as Leo Sayer, who he managed for years.

Adam was an astute investor during the 1970s property boom,. In the 1990s he began writing a finance column in a national newspaper and set up his own digital TV money advice channel. But when the dotcom bubble burst in the early 2000s, it cost the star a reported £32 million and let him bankrupt.

But Adam had been no stranger to reinventing himself and going one step bigger and better throughout his life.

“I've always liked money," he said. "I worked hard to get it, but there's nothing wrong with a bit of graft.”

Who knows where that drive and determination might have taken him next.