AceShowbiz - The Stone Roses bassist Mani's wife has passed away aged 52 after a long cancer battle. Imelda Mounfield died on Saturday, November 18, with the news announced on X by 57-year-old Happy Mondays singer Rowetta.
"So beautiful, so brave, so LOVED. We're all going to miss you Imelda Mounfield. All my thoughts and love to Mani and your beautiful, precious boys and love to all Imelda's family and friends," she said about Gary "Mani" Mounfield's partner.
So beautiful, so brave, so LOVED.— Rowetta🎙 (@Rowetta) November 18, 2023
We’re all going to miss you @imeldamounfield 💔💔💔
All my thoughts and love to Mani and your beautiful, precious boys and love to all Imelda’s family & friends ❤️ pic.twitter.com/hiCBsYGhR3
The Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown, 60, paid tribute to Imelda on X by saying, "Rip @imeldamounfield GOD BLESS MANI and his boys X."
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) November 18, 2023
Events agent Imelda was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in November 2020 and, in the wake of her diagnosis, she and Mani have held a string a number of charity fundraisers to raise money for good causes The Christie Hospital, The Stockport Charitable Trust and Maggie's.
Imelda told ITV last year about how the charities had supported her through her illness battle, "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."
Before her and Mani's latest event, she said Maggie's had supported them "from the start" by providing counselling sessions and resources to help her. She added, "It's a continuing battle for me, and I'll be using their services more in the future."
Imelda also told ITV in December 2022 her diagnosis came as a shock to her and her family as she had not been feeling "poorly." She added, "The doctors didn't know how I would respond to chemo, but I responded quite well. I've been on quite a big journey over the last two years."
Imelda's death comes weeks after The Stone Roses' bassist Pete Garner died aged 61 - also reportedly after a cancer battle.