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The Urban Voodoo Machine's Nick Marsh dead at 53

The Urban Voodoo Machine’s Nick Marsh has died after a cancer battle. He was 53.

He’d been fighting cancer since being diagnosed in 2014, and was moved to hospice care earlier his week after the disease was found to be inoperable.

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Marsh came to prominence in the 1980s with alt-rock band Flesh For Lulu before becoming part of The Urban Voodoo Machine in 2003. He was also a member of From The Deep with his wife Katharine Blake of Miranda Sex Garden and The Medieaval Baebes.

Marsh documented the early months of his health battle on Facebook. He told Classic Rock in February: “I didn’t know how else to approach it really. I just thought, ‘Here I am.’ Facebook is like an open diary if you want it to be. I just felt like I wanted to do that. I don’t know why now.”

He revealed he’d been astonished by the outpouring of support from fans. “I wasn’t looking for that,” he said. “It was fucking tough and it really did help.”

His last performance was with a reunited Flesh For Lulu in April. He leaves daughters Ava Sophia, born in 2007, and Rosa, born in 2009.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.