Mark E Smith “struggled” against cancer

The sisters of The Fall singer Mark E Smith has said he “has had a long and difficult battle,” after having been diagnosed with terminal lung and kidney cancer.

Barbara, Suzanne and Caroline confirmed his death, on the 24th of January, came in the wake of his cancer diagnosis.

“He took all the treatments you will, which could be brutal to both the left and Mark with some horrible side effects,” the statement on the website of the reading group.

“Mark was a strong man and hated to let his fans down,” the trio.

“[He] tried to exercise whatever against all the advice.

“Mark has had a good life and loved and lived life to the full and always by his own rules, and we, like her sisters, had the privilege to be part of it, too.

“Mark is at peace now and without pain, but we, his three sisters, were left heart broken and will miss our big brother very well.”

They also thanked family, friends and fans for their “kind words, condolences and memories” and paid tribute to “the NHS and the staff who treated and Brand and Brand partner of the Wfp, who have loved, cared for and pampered our brother”.

Smith, who has hired and fired more than 60 acolytes for his post-punk outfit, died at home.

Championed by BBC Radio 1, John Peel, The Fall had 27 songs in the top 100 of the UK singles chart between 1984 and 2004.

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