Mark E Smith's family have confirmed the Fall singer's cause of death, after he died aged 60 on January 24.
Smith's sisters Barbara, Suzanne and Caroline released a statement on The Fall's website on Tuesday, saying the band's founder and frontman "fought a long and hard battle after his diagnosis of terminal lung and kidney cancer".
The sisters' message continued: "He took every treatment going, which could be brutal at times and left Mark with some horrible side effects. Mark was such a strong man and hated letting his fans down and tried to carry on regardless against all advice."
Smith was still performing in the months before he died; The Telegraph's Peter Ross reviewed his final show in Glasgow, describing his entrance in a wheelchair: "It didn’t feel awkward or pitiable, it felt triumphant, a grand entrance, pure James Brown, the godfather of dole".
Smiths's sisters also thanked "the NHS and staff who treated Mark throughout and Mark’s partner Pam who loved, cared and cherished our brother."
They added: "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."