Psychedelic Furs and Waitresses saxophonist Mars Williams dies, aged 68
21.11.2023 - 18:09
Psychedelic Furs and Waitresses saxophonist Mars Williams has died, aged 68.The news was shared by The Chicago Tribune, which reported that the musician died yesterday (November 20) from ampullary cancer. He was diagnosed with the illness just less than one year ago.Born in Evanston, Illinois, Williams famously performed in the Chicago free jazz group NRG Ensemble and with the Waitresses, before going on to join the iconic English rock band Psychedelic Furs in 1983.His initial time as part of the band lasted six years, and he departed the line-up in 1989.
He then rejoined Richard Butler and Co. in 2005, and most recently joined them on their 2023 tour.Following news of his passing, William’s family shared a statement with fans, remembering him for both his “inexhaustible humour” and his unwavering “love for music” – both of which they say helped “push him forward” during his illness.“It’s with great sadness that we send this message to let the many people who loved and supported Mars Williams know that he passed away earlier today after his year-long struggle with cancer.
He was surrounded by family and friends, both in person and around the world, who held him close, and loved him dearly,” the statement read.“Until the end, Mars’ inexhaustible humour and energy, and his love for music, pushed him forward. As it became clear in late summer that his treatment options were coming to an end, he chose to spend six weeks of the time he had left living as he had since he was a teenager – out on the road performing night after night,” it added.“Those last performances with the Psychedelic Furs will live on with all of the other incredible contributions that Mars has made as a person, and as a musician, and that boundless energy
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