Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s mother Kate McGarrigle dies

McGarrigle passes away aged 63

Kate McGarrigle, the folk singer and mother to Rufus and Martha Wainwright, has died aged 63.

The singer passed away last night (January 18). The cause of death was a rare form of cancer, her brother-in-law told

Canadian McGarrigle performed with her sister Anna McGarrigle from the ’60s. They sang in both French and English and released ten albums together, from 1975 to 2005.

In their career they collaborated with Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, and saw their songs covered by artists including Emmylou Harris and Billy Bragg.

Rufus Wainwright recently cancelled a slew of Australia and New Zealand dates to tend to his mother.