Also known as ‘Mr Nice’ was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 He said he had ‘no regrets’ after diagnosis that disease was inoperable Welshman came to fame after publication of his memoir in 1996
The renowned writer and former drug-smuggler Howard Marks – once known as Mr Nice – has died of cancer, it was reported on Sunday.
The Guardian reported news of best-selling author Mr Marks’ death, who previously said he had ‘no regrets’ after announcing his cancer diagnosis.
The 70-year-old revealed in January last year that he had inoperable bowel cancer.
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Former drug-smuggler and writer Howard Marks has died from cancer following his diagnosis in late 2014
‘I’ve come to terms with it in my own way – which for me was about learning how to cry,’ he told the Observer last year.
‘It’s impossible to regret any part of my life when I feel happy and I am happy now, so I don’t have any regrets and have not had any for a very long time.’
He added he feels privileged to have lived an ‘incredible’ life, which allowed him to spend time with ‘musicians, DJs and other lovers of dope’.
Mr Marks, who was born in south Wales, was diagnosed with the disease in the autumn of 2014.
The cancer then spread to his liver and lungs.The Observer reported he completed eight cycles of chemotherapy and intially responded well to the treatment.
Mr Marks, who has four children, was being cared for by his long-term partner Caroline Brown and battled in his last years to promote the legalisation of marijuana.
Rhys Ifans starred as Howard Marks in the Mr Nice biopic film released in 2010
THE LIFE OF MR NICE: FROM DRUG SMUGGLER TO BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Born in 1945 in Kenfig Hill, south Wales, Howard Marks’ father was in the merchant navy and his mother was a teacher.
After attending grammar school, he read physics at Oxford – which is where he became involved with drugs.
As a drug smuggler in the 1980s, he had 43 aliases, 89 phone lines and 25 companies trading worldwide as fronts for money laundering.
In 1980, he married Judy Marks but split in 2003 and divorced in 2005.
He was given a 25-year sentence for drug smuggling in America, but was released in 1995 after serving seven years.
In 1996, his memoir Mr Nice, sold more than a million copies and was made into a film starring his friend and fellow Welshman Rhys Ifans.
He became a festival regular and gave talks around the country, as well as campaigning for the legalisation of cannabis.
In 1996, Super Furry Animals released a song called Hanging With Howard Marks.
He has a long-term partner called Caroline Brown and four children.