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Mark E Smith’s means of death revealed

The thespian of post-punk rope The Fall died at the age of 60 on 24 January.

In a note on the band’s central website, sisters Barbara, Suzanne and Caroline wrote that Smith had fought a “long and tough battle” following his cancer diagnosis.

“We would like to appreciate family, friends and fans for all their kind words, condolences and memories about the hermit Mark,” they wrote.

“Also, the NHS and staff who treated Mark via and Mark’s partner Pam who loved, cared and loving the brother.

Mark E Smith and his wife Elena Poulou - again at the Hammersmith Palais
Mark E Smith and his wife Elena Poulou graphic at the Hammersmith Palais

“Mark fought a prolonged and tough battle after his diagnosis of depot lung and kidney cancer. He took every diagnosis going, which could be brutal at times and left Mark with some terrible side effects.”

Smith became a cult figure with The Fall, which shaped in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, in 1976 and went by many lineups in its decades-long career.

Despite his illness Smith continued to debate with the rope he fronted and a new album, New Facts, was expelled last year. But the organisation had to cancel several shows as Smith’s health declined.

“Mark was such a clever man and hated vouchsafing his fans down and tried to lift on regardless against all advice,” his sisters wrote.

“Mark had a good life and desired and lived it to the full and always by his own manners and we, as his sisters were absolved to be partial of it too.

“Mark is at assent now and pain free, but we, his 3 sisters have been left sad and will skip the big hermit very much.”

Born in Salford in Mar 1957, Smith wrote music in his lunch breaks while operative on the Manchester docks as a shipping clerk.

He quit the docks and shaped the rope because, as he put it, “whatever we did would have to be better than many of the supposed punk s***e we was conference at the time”.

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