Rest in Peace, Kate McGarrigle

Rufus Wainwright's mother dies age 63

Rufus Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle at a benefit for the Strang Cancer Prevention Center in New York in 2008.
Rufus Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle at a benefit for the Strang Cancer Prevention Center in New York in 2008.

I'm heartbroken to hear that Kate McGarrigle died on Monday.

Though Kate and her sister Anna have been well-known musicians and songwriters revered and beloved all over the world since the early 70s, Gay Placers may know Kate better as Rufus Wainwright's mom. She continued to write and perform until very recently, often accompanying Rufus in his concerts.

Here are Kate and Anna, with a young Rufus, along with Mary Black and Emmylou Harris, singing the Stephen Foster Civil War era classic, Hard Times.

And here's a clip from a documentary about the McGarrigles (with an even younger Rufus!).

We send our condolences and best wishes to Kate's family.

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