Robbie Williams 'haunted' by ghost of Mamas and Papas singer Cass Elliot

Danny Thompson
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Robbie Williams gives an interview to the TASS Russian News Agency in Moscow; Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina are to perform at the opening ceremony for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Mikhail Japaridze/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Japaridze\TASS via Getty Images)

Robbie Williams claims he was once haunted by the spirit of singer Cass Elliot - while he rented a house belonging to Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd.

The former Take That singer rented the LA mansion where former Mamas and Papas star Elliot, also known as Mama Cass, lived before dying from heart failure aged just 32 in 1974 - and insists the property is ‘completely and utterly haunted’.

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Aired 01/26/1973 -- Pictured: Guest host Mama Cass Elliot performs -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank

Talking to Jo Wood on her Alien Nation podcast, Williams explained he sensed her spirit as soon as he walked in and tried to communicate with her, telling the ghost: “I know that you are here and I am going to respect your space. I please ask you to respect mine as I am scared of you.”

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The singer added: “My friend who I was living with at the time came down. He’d just had a shower and he was white. I said, ‘What’s up?’ And he said, ‘I’ve just had a conversation with someone that wasn’t there’.”

Williams, who stayed in the property for three months eighteen years ago, also claims ‘there was this silence I’ve never experienced before or since’ when Mamas and the Papas best known hit California Dreamin’ was played.

Williams also recalls speaking with other, more alive past residents of the house, in the shape of drummer Zak Starkey, who lived at the same property with his father Ringo Starr in the 1970s.

Starkey had some spooky tales of his own from his time spent there, apparently telling Williams: “I hear you’re at the old house. Have you met the kids yet? We used to play with them when we were little.”

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He also recalls removal workers refusing to go back into the house ‘because of the old lady sitting in the chair’.

Owner of the house, comedy legend Dan Aykroyd, is aware of the supposed ghost, and has previously said of it: “I’m sure it’s Mama Cass. You get the feeling it’s a big ghost.

“I had several experiences. I saw things moving around on our counter, and doors opening and closing.

Actor Dan Aykroyd while working on the film Ghostbusters II . (Photo by Robin Platzer/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)

“The staff also had experiences, direct contact in terms of tactile touching, and then turning around and there’s no one there.”

I suppose if a house is haunted, who better to own it than a Ghostbuster?