Posted July 31, 2018 06:13:49A story about a man who once played drums in a band has ended with his life ending after he lost his battle with cancer.
Mark Lassner, 70, died of the disease on Tuesday, his longtime manager and wife, Nancy, said.
Lassner had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for years and was in hospice care in California when he was diagnosed in June.
His family had been searching for closure since Lassnner was diagnosed, and Nancy Lassners’ father, Ron, had started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for his son’s funeral.
“It’s not easy to say goodbye, but it’s also not easy for Mark,” Nancy Lachner said in a statement.
“He loved playing music, he loved the outdoors and he loved living.
We’re still very close and can’t wait to see him again.”
After a six-year battle with pancreatic disease, Lassneder died of his illness on Tuesday in a nursing home in San Diego.
The musician had recently begun working as a busboy at a movie theater, and his family had planned to have him sing in the movie “The Caveman” when he died, Ron Lassnick said in the statement.
Lachner’s band, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, had played at least six shows over the years at Hollywood Bowl, but in recent years the Lachners had become increasingly isolated.
They moved into a one-bedroom house in Santa Monica and moved into an apartment in San Jose in 2015.
He had also started a career as a solo artist and had been performing with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra, his bandmates said.
He had also been part of the Grateful Dead band, with Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart, and had appeared with The Beatles, Bob Dylan and other artists.
Mark had performed with the Grateful and The Rolling Stones, The Who and other groups, and he had also written and performed in a number of songs, his wife said.
“The Cavemans story is an example of the strength of love and caring, and our family appreciates the outpouring of support that has come our way,” the statement read.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family during this difficult time.”
Nancy LassNER said in an interview that her father had wanted to keep the band together, but that he found the way he did not fit in.
“I think he wanted to go on and play another tour, but his health was taking its toll,” she said.
“So he wanted him to get out of the house and be with his family.”
“The biggest thing we’re all feeling is for him to see his family again,” she added.
“We are hoping that when he’s able to get his health back to normal, that he can be with them again.”
Ron Lassnell said that while Mark had played music in the past, the way the band played in the last two decades had made it difficult for him.
“Mark loved the music and wanted to be a musician.
He loved to dance and he wanted the band to be his life.
He didn’t fit in with the other musicians,” he said.
Ron Lachnick said his family is still working to raise funds to cover funeral expenses for his father, who has also been battling pancreatic inflammation.
The Lachnners also said they had started to consider selling Mark’s music rights.
Ron said he had been approached by a recording company about a possible sale of his recordings.
“It’s been great,” he told The Wall St. Journal.
“There’s been a lot of interest.”
He said he planned to continue performing live, and will be able to continue doing so in a way that he felt comfortable and in a community where he could continue to play the music.
“Mark’s legacy will live on through the music he made and the music we will play together,” he added.