The Fall singer Mark E Smith died after a diagnosis of terminal lung and kidney cancer, his sisters have announced. Smith died on January 24.

A statement on the band's official website said: "We would like to thank family, friends and fans for all their kind words, condolences and memories about our brother Mark. Also, the NHS 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 fought a long and hard battle after his diagnosis of terminal lung and kidney cancer"

"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." 

Read RTÉ Culture's article Fall Guy - the night Mark E Smith came to Donegal here.