Wainwrights' mother dies aged 63
Published 19/01/2010 | 17:04
Kate McGarrigle, the folk singer and mother to indie stars Rufus and Martha Wainwright, has died aged 63.
The internationally-acclaimed Canadian singer, best known for performing with her sister Anna, had been battling from a rare form of cancer, clear cell sarcoma, since the summer of 2006.
Kate's brother-in-law, Dane Lanken, said the singer died at her Montreal home on Monday night surrounded by her sisters, Jane and Anna, and her children Rufus and Martha.
He said the cancer started in her small intestine and spread to her liver.
Kate and Anna began performing together as the McGarrigle Sisters in the 1960s, singing in both French and English and released 10 albums together, from 1975 to 2005.
During their career they collaborated with Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, and saw their songs covered by artists including Emmylou Harris and Billy Bragg.
Kate performed with Rufus, Martha and a string of stars at a charity concert in aid of Cancer Research UK and the Kate McGarrigle Fund at London's Albert Hall in December.
Rufus, who said last year dealing with his mother's cancer had been "10 times harder" than battling his own drug-addiction, recently cancelled a slew of Australia and New Zealand dates to tend to his mother.