Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk singer and mother to singer Rufus Wainwright, has died at 63:
Her doctor, Robert Tabah, confirmed the singer's death to the Guardian, saying: 'Kate McGariggle passed away yesterday (Monday 18 January) as a result of sarcoma, a form of cancer that she was first diagnosed with three and a half years ago.' The late singer apparently passed away at her Montreal home, where she was surrounded by family and friends."
A note on the family's website read: "Sadly our sweet Kate had to leave us last night. She departed in a haze of song and love surrounded by family and good friends. She is irreplaceable and we are broken-hearted. Til we meet again dear sister."