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How did Cormac Roth die? Actor Tim Roth mourns death of 25-year-old son after cancer battle

In his last emotional Instagram post, Cormac Roth said, 'All of you are so talented, and it blows me away what I see every day when I scroll through'
Tim Roth’s (L) son Michael Cormac Roth has died after battling deadly germ cell cancer for almost a year (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Tim Roth’s (L) son Michael Cormac Roth has died after battling deadly germ cell cancer for almost a year (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: English actor Tim Roth’s musician son Michael Cormac Roth, has died aged 25 after fighting cancer for almost a year. He was battling with Stage 3 germ cell cancer, which was revealed by him on his Instagram post in July. Cormac, a budding talent died on October 16, but it was officially confirmed by his family on Monday, October 31.

In a statement, his mother Nikki Butler, and other family members said that the young composer and producer was "irreplaceable" and will be remembered as an "electric ball of energy." They further said that “he died peacefully in the arms of his family."


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Cormac shared his last social media post in August 17, in which many of his Instagram followers have now shared their condolences. In the touching post the musician said, “All of you are so talented, and it blows me away what I see every day when I scroll through, it really does. And really do it, if it makes you happy, really do it. That's all I got, and I love you." He continued, “You don't always get to choose your destiny. You don't always get to choose your future.” He also reminded his followers to "remember that life is short" and to be nothing less than an “undeniable force that lives and breathes” the thing they love, reported the Daily Mail.

As per the report, Cormac had earlier shared on Instagram in July that he had been diagnosed with Stage 3 germ cell cancer in November 2021. He wrote about the toll the disease had taken on his body and his ability to make music, in the emotional post. Along with a clip of himself playing the guitar, he stated, "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," he added.

The late musician continued, "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. F–k cancer."



The Roth family statement read, “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.” They continued, “He was a wild and electric ball of energy and his spirit was filled with light and goodness. 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.”

The statement released further read that the family will always have him with them, “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," as per the report.

Cormac was a talented guitarist, songwriter, and producer who graduated from Bennington College, and had been living in Los Angeles. The youngest of the 'Reservoir Dogs' actor's three children, the singer was born in 1996 and was named Michael Cormac Roth. Cormac is survived by his parents, Tim, 61, and Nikki, along with his brothers Hunter and Tim Jr, and half-brother Jack.