Mark E. Smith, frontman of legendary post-punk band The Fall, died last month. He was 60.
On Monday, his sisters Barbara, Suzanne and Caroline Smith, posted a note to The Fall’s official website revealing that the singer died of terminal lung and kidney cancer. They detail his punishing battle with cancer treatment:
“He took every treatment going, which could be brutal at times and left Mark with some horrible side effects. Mark was such a strong man and hated letting his fans down and tried to carry on regardless against all advice.”
The post continues:
“Mark had a great life and loved and lived it to the full and always by his own rules and we, as his sisters were privileged to be part of it too. Mark is at peace now and pain free, but we, his three sisters have been left heartbroken and will miss our big brother very much.”
Their note provides some clarity to Smith’s ongoing health issues, which were only alluded to over the past year. In 2017, The Fall canceled its North American tour dates, citing a hospitalization for “bizarre and rare medical issues...connected to his throat, mouth/dental & respiratory system.” He performed onstage in a wheelchair that October.
It’s a gutting, but remarkably sweet note, which you can read in its entirety here.