Cormac Roththe son of the British actor Tim Roth and stylist Nikki Butlerdied at the age of 25 after a one-year battle with cancer, his family announced on Monday, October 31, 2022. “He was a wild and electric ball of energy and his mind was filled with light and goodness,” the family said in a statement Variety. As wild as he was, Cormac was also the epitome of kindness. A gentle soul who brought so much happiness and hope to those around him. The sadness comes in waves, as do the tears and the laughter, when we think of that beautiful boy in the 25 years and 10 months that we knew him. An unstoppable and cheerful and wild and beautiful child. Only recently became a man. We love him. We will take him everywhere.”
Cormac died on Oct. 16 after battling stage 3 germ cell cancer, according to the outlet. “He died peacefully in the arms of his family who loved and adored him,” his family said in a statement. AND! news, elaborating on his death. “He has fought with incredible courage for the past year and has kept his bad humor and wit to the end, they noted.”
Cormac did not follow in his father’s footsteps as an actor, who is known for his roles in such films as 1994’s Pulp Fiction and 1995’s Rob Roy, but he was a budding musician at the time of his death. Scroll on to learn more about Cormac’s music and who he was as a person.
Cormac had graduated from university
Cormac was born in 1996 and has one older brother, Hunter. Cormac lived in Los Angeles at the time of his death, but he lived on the East Coast when he attended college in Vermont. He graduated from a private liberal arts college, Bennington College. His major is unknown.
Cormac was a lifelong musician
“Cormac was an exceptionally gifted and extraordinary musician whose passion and love for making music stretched back to when his guitar was bigger than he was,” his family said in a statement. AND! news at the announcement of his death. “A guitarist, composer and producer wise beyond his years, Cormac’s career was just beginning to blossom.”
Cormac’s love of music was evident on his Instagram page as most of his content showed him making music or promoting his latest show. He released his debut EP, Pythonin 2018, and he posted new music on his Soundcloud account until early 2022. He also contributed impressively to the music for Michel Franco‘s 2021 movie New assignment, which was nominated for several awards at the Venice Film Festival. “I am thrilled to have contributed to the original score of this film. Michel Franco has really created something compelling and exciting,” Cormac wrote in July 2021 promoting the film.
Cormac wanted other people to succeed
Cormac fully supported his fellow musicians and took to Instagram – which would be his last post – on August 16, 2022, to compliment the talented artists he has come across over the years. “You are all so talented and it amazes me what I see every day when I flip through them. It really is,’ he gushed, as seen in the clip above. “What you make is incredible and sink your teeth into it and remember that life is short and you can’t always choose your destiny and you know your future not always, but just be an undeniable force that lives and breathes the thing from which you claim you love it and you are and you actually do it. If it makes you happy, then really do it. And that’s all I have and I love you.”
Cormac stayed positive during his fight against cancer
Cormac first opened up about his cancer diagnosis in July 2022 in the caption of the video below of him playing guitar. He spoke openly about his struggle with a positive attitude and proudly stated that while cancer had taken its toll on him, it hadn’t dampened his spirit. “On November of 21, I was diagnosed with stage 3 germ cell cancer,” he began. “Since then, I’ve been fighting it every day and throwing everything I can into it. Chemo, high dose chemo, medication, transplants, transfusions, surgeries, etc. It’s called choriocarcinoma, it’s rare, and it’s managed to stay many steps ahead of me no matter what I throw at it. It has taken half my hearing, 60 pounds of weight, took away my confidence and will continue its murderous path until I somehow manage to stop it and kill it.
He continued: ‘But it hasn’t taken away my will to survive, or my love of making music. It hasn’t brought me down yet. If you or someone you love is affected by cancer, don’t hesitate to get in touch as it is an emotional rollercoaster like no other. Love to you all, make sure you do the things you love. Life is short. It’s chaos. And you never know when it will be you. Be healthy and go to the doctor.”
Cormac was a cat father
Although music was Cormac’s life, he showed that he had a lot more love to give, including to his cat. He shared a few posts about his beautiful striped brown cat on his food, including a post from his cat lying next to a guitar. “Two beautiful things that rhyme…”, he captioned the photo. One follower guessed he meant “cat” and “strat,” with “strat” being a shortened term for “stratocaster,” a type of electric guitar.