Mark E Smith: The Fall singer's cause of death revealed by family

Ilana Kaplan
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The cause of The Fall frontman Mark E Smith's death has been confirmed by his family.

His three sisters have now released a statement via The Fall's website revealing Smith was suffering from "horrible side effects" caused by terminal lung and kidney cancer.

When Smith's passing was announced, his manager said a "more detailed" statement would be released, and now it's here.

“Mark fought a long and hard battle after his diagnosis of terminal lung and kidney cancer,” they said in a statement. “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 punk singer died in January at the age of 60, but cause of death hadn't been confirmed.

The statement also said, “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,"

In 1976, Smith formed The Fall after going to a Sex Pistols show in Manchester.

The band would go onto release 32 studio records and would become one of the most renowned post-punk acts.

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The Fall released its final album last year with New Facts Emerge.

Smith performed in the months leading up to his death in a wheelchair.

Read the statement in full below:

We would like to thank family, friends and fans for all their kind words, condolences and memories about our brother Mark.

Also, the N.H.S and staff who treated Mark throughout and Mark’s partner Pam who loved, cared and cherished our brother.

Mark fought a long and hard battle after his diagnosis of terminal lung and kidney cancer. 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.

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.

Barbara, Suzanne and Caroline.

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