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Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Cormac Roth: Actor Tim Roth’s musician son dies aged 25 after brave battle with cancer

Cormac Roth, the musician son of actor Tim Roth, has died aged 25 following a “courageous battle” with a rare type of cancer.

The family of the young composer and producer have paid moving tribute to him as “a wild and electric ball of energy” who was “the embodiment of kindness”, and who brought “happiness and hope” to those who knew him.

Breaking the tragic news of his death in a statement released on Monday, his family said: “On Sunday the 16th of October, we lost our beautiful boy Cormac after a courageous battle with cancer.

“He died peacefully in the arms of his family who loved and adored him.

“He fought with incredible bravery for the past year, and maintained his wicked wit and humour to the very end.”

A graduate of Bennington College in Vermont, Cormac’s passion for music began when he was a child.

He went on to become a guitarist, composer and producer, with his family saying his career was “just beginning to flourish”.

They added: “He was a wild and electric ball of energy and his spirit was filled with light and goodness.

Cormac Roth (PA)

“As wild as he was, Cormac was also the embodiment of kindness. A gentle soul who brought so much happiness and hope to those around him.

“The grief comes in waves, as do the tears and laughter, when we think of that beautiful boy across the 25 years and 10 months that we knew him.

“An irrepressible and joyful and wild and wonderful child. Only recently a man. We love him. We will carry him with us wherever we go.”

In July, Roth said in an Instagram post he had been diagnosed with a rare stage three germ cell cancer in November 2021.

Sharing a video of himself playing the guitar, he wrote: “Since then I’ve been fighting it daily, throwing everything I can at it. Chemo, high dose chemo, medication, transplants, transfusions, surgeries etc.

“It is called Choriocarcinoma, it is rare, and it has managed to stay many steps ahead of me no matter what I throw at it.

“It has taken away half of my hearing, 60 pounds of weight, my confidence, and will continue its murderous path until I can manage to stop it some how, and kill it.

“But it hasn’t taken away my will to survive, or my love of making music. It hasn’t taken me down yet.

“If you or someone you love is effected by cancer, please feel free to reach out for it is an emotional rollercoaster unlike anything else.

“Love to you all please make sure to do the things that you love. Life is short. It is chaos. And you never know when it’s going to be you. Be well and go to the doctor.”

In his most recent and final post in August, Cormac said in a video: “Remember that life is short and you don’t always get to choose your destiny and you don’t always get to choose your future but just be an undeniable force that lives and breathes that thing that you claim you love and that you are. And really do it if it makes you happy.”

Cormac is survived by his parents, Tim and Nikki Roth, and his brother, Hunter Roth.

London-born Tim Roth has starred in a number of Quentin Tarantino films, including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and The Hateful Eight, as well as portraying Emil Blonsky/Abomination in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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