Stone Roses bassist Mani mourns death of wife Imelda Mounfield following cancer battle

The wife of Stone Roses bassist Mani, Imelda Mounfield (left) has died aged 52 (Twitter)
The wife of Stone Roses bassist Mani, Imelda Mounfield (left) has died aged 52 (Twitter)
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The wife of The Stone Roses bassist Mani has died, three years after being diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer.

Imelda Mounfield passed away aged 52 on Saturday. It is the second tragedy to rock the band in recent weeks following bassist Pete Garner's death. Happy Mondays singer Rowetta announced Mounfield's death on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

She said about Gary "Mani" Mounfield's partner: "So beautiful, so brave, so LOVED. We're all going to miss you Imelda Mounfield," she penned on the micro-blogging site.

She added: "All my thoughts and love to Mani and your beautiful, precious boys and love to all Imelda's family and friends."

The Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown, 60, also paid tribute, writing: "Rip @imeldamounfield GOD BLESS MANI and his boys X.

The events agent, who shared 10-year-old twin sons with Mani, was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in November 2020.

Following her diagnosis, Mounfield and Mani held a number of events to raise money for good causes The Christie Hospital, The Stockport Charitable Trust and Maggie's.

Mounfield opened up to ITV last year about how the charities had supported her through her cancer battle, saying: "Cancer affects not just the person who has it, but everyone around them, and I hope that by investing in some more research, we can help alleviate some of the devastation caused to families."

It was announced earlier this month Garner had died aged 61 – also reportedly after a cancer battle.

The musician was the Manchester band's original bassist but quit in 1987 to work in HMV because he did not feel worthy of being in the group.