Fears grow for missing Gerry Rafferty

'Baker Street' singer has been AWOL since August

Fears are growing for the safety and whereabouts of Gerry Rafferty, who has been missing for over seven months.

Family and friends have not been in contact with Rafferty, who is most famous for his 1978 hit ‘Baker Street’, since he checked himself out of London‘s St Thomas’s Hospital on August 1 last year.

The singer had checked himself into the hospital on July 25 in a bid to combat liver problems caused by alcohol abuse.

Rafferty formed Stealers Wheel in 1972, co-writing their ‘Reservoir Dogs’-endorsed hit ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’.

His former Stealers Wheel bandmate Tony Williams told the Daily Mail that police are keen to talk to the singer.

“It’s absolutely tragic,” Williams said. “If he has liver failure he obviously needs someone to look after him. If he is still alive, somebody must be caring for him.”

Prior to checking in to St Thomas’s Hospital, Rafferty was asked to leave London‘s Westbury Hotel after leaving his room in an unusable state.

Since his disappearance, there have been several blog posts stating that Rafferty is safe and well, although these are believed to be unsubstantiated. In October, one poster on the Eaten By Missionaries blog claimed that Rafferty was staying in a hotel in Bournemouth.

Rafferty, who still receives royalties for his hits, has a history of alcohol problems.