Singer Rufus Wainwright has paid tribute to his late mother KATE MCGARRIGLE and vowed to celebrate all that she achieved before her death from cancer this week.
The folk singer was diagnosed with a rare form of the disease back in 2006, and lost her brave struggle at her home in Montreal, Canada on Monday (18Jan10), at the age of 64.
Wainwright, who was with his mother when she died, has spoken of his pride at the way MCGarrigle refused to let cancer stop her from living - revealing how she lead a full and fulfilling life right up to her death.
In a post on his website, the singer writes, "When inevitably I read today in the papers that my mother lost her battle with cancer last night, I am filled with an immense desire to add that this battle, though lost, was tremendously fruitful during these last three and a half years of her life. She witnessed her daughter's marriage, the creation of my first opera, the birth of her first grandchild Arcangelo, and gave the greatest performance of her life to a packed crowd at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Not to mention travelling to some of the world's most incredible places with both my sister, her husband Brad, my boyfriend Jorn and myself.
"Yes, it was all too brief, but as I was saying to (MCGarrigle's) sister Anna last night while sitting by her body after the struggle had ceased, there is never enough time and she, my amazing mother with whom everyone fell in love, went out there and bloody did it".