JOHN MANN DIED SURROUNDED BY MUSIC AND LOVED ONES SHARING ONE LAST BEER

Spirit of the West frontman died Wednesday from complications related to early-onset Alzheimer's

Spirit of the West frontman John Mann died on Wednesday. He was 57. (Lisa MacIntosh Photography/GoFundMe)

John Mann died as he lived — surrounded by music and the people he loved.

The frontman of the Canadian folk-rock band Spirit of the West died Wednesday in Vancouver from complications related to early-onset Alzheimer’s. He was 57.

His friends and family were by his side in his final moments, including bandmate Geoffrey Kelly.

Here is part of his conversation with As It Happens host Carol Off.

Geoffrey, first of all, I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend.

Aw, thank you, Carol. It was a long struggle, a tough journey, especially for John’s family, John’s immediate family, but for all of us. We all felt the pain.

Did you have a chance to say goodbye?

We sure did. I happened to be there yesterday.

There was about eight of us there. There was always … it seemed, at least eight of us around him there in the last few days.

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