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Spirit of the West's John Mann dies, age 57

Spirit of the West frontman John Mann, who suffers from Alzheimer's, performed his final concert in Vancouver, Saturday, April 16, 2016.
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November 20, 2019 - 5:33 PM

The lead singer of Spirit of the West, John Fraser Mann, died Wednesday at the age of 57.

"Surrounded by friends and loving family until the end, all were reminded of John’s rich legacy," a statement about Mann's death reads.

"He was a potent force in music, acting — on stage, in movies and on television, and was world-renowned as a songwriter. As well, he was a foresightful activist and charitable figure for several worthwhile organizations. His work will resound long after his untimely passing."

His career spanned nearly 40 years and included multiple film roles, numerous star turns in theatre and fame as the lead singer and spell-binding front-person of Canadian musical group Spirit of the West. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 50.

"John was a man of uncommon courage, was a loyal and beloved friend, a gentleman of great social conscience, and a soul brimming with creativity and enthusiasm," reads the statement. "Most importantly he was a loving father to Harlan & Hattie and a wonderful husband to Jill Daum."

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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