(CBC) Raylene Rankin, a member of the internationally acclaimed Celtic-country band The Rankin Family, has died after a long fight with cancer at the age of 52.
Rankin has had three bouts of cancer. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, it returned again in 2009. In 2011 she was diagnosed with liver cancer, and she immediately began aggressive chemotherapy.
“I’m scared a lot and just it seems when you get to a place where you’re not afraid then you’re given a reason to be afraid again,” said Rankin in a conversation with CBC in June. “But it’s something that I’m working through. I’m reading one of these books that I’m trying to work with is you know it’s about not having a fear of death, which is the ultimate fear I guess…I’m working on it.”