Tim Roth’s musician son Cormac dies aged 25 following devastating germ cell cancer diagnosis


The musician son of British actor Tim Roth has died aged 25 after a battle with stage three germ cell cancer.

Cormac Roth, the young composer and producer died on October 16 but his death was announced by his family in a statement on Monday afternoon. 

His mother Nikki and the rest of the family said he was ‘irreplaceable’ and remembered him as an ‘electric ball of energy’ who was as kind as he was wild.

He ‘died peacefully in the arms of his family’ they said in the statement, adding ‘he maintained his wicked wit and humour’ to the end.

Many of Cormac’s followers sent their condolences underneath his most recent Instagram post, which was shared in August this year. 

In his last post, Cormac thanked his followers for their support, as he told them ‘You don’t always get to choose your destiny. You don’t always get to choose your future.’

He told his supporters to ‘remember that life is short’ and be an ‘undeniable force that lives and breathes’ the thing they love. 

London-born Tim Roth has starred in a number of Quentin Tarantino films, including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and The Hateful Eight, as well as portraying Emil Blonsky/Abomination in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Cormac Roth died aged 25 on October 16 after his battle with stage three germ cell cancer, his family said in a statement

The son of actor Tim Roth (pictured) 'died peacefully in the arms of his family who loved and adored him,' family said

The son of actor Tim Roth (pictured) ‘died peacefully in the arms of his family who loved and adored him,’ family said

The musician first revealed his diagnosis in an Instagram post in April this year. He said he had lost his hearing in one ear and a drastic amount of weight

The musician first revealed his diagnosis in an Instagram post in April this year. He said he had lost his hearing in one ear and a drastic amount of weight

Cormac told his followers they were 'talented' in a final Instagram video

His inspirational message said 'be an undeniable force that lives and breathes the thing you love'

Cormac in the final video he posted on Instagram in August – he told his followers he loved them and told them to do what makes them happy 

Nikki and Tim Roth with their sons Timothy and Cormac at a premier of 'The Incredible Hulk' in Los Angeles in 2008

Nikki and Tim Roth with their sons Timothy and Cormac at a premier of ‘The Incredible Hulk’ in Los Angeles in 2008

Announcing Cormac’s death, the family statement said: ‘On Sunday the 16th of October, we lost our beautiful boy Cormac after a courageous battle with cancer.

‘He died peacefully in the arms of his family who loved and adored him.

‘He fought with incredible bravery for the past year, and maintained his wicked wit and humour to the very end.’

They added: ‘He was a wild and electric ball of energy and his spirit was filled with light and goodness.

‘As wild as he was, Cormac was also the embodiment of kindness. A gentle soul who brought so much happiness and hope to those around him.

‘The grief comes in waves, as do the tears and laughter, when we think of that beautiful boy across the 25 years and 10 months that we knew him.

‘An irrepressible and joyful and wild and wonderful child. Only recently a man. We love him. We will carry him with us wherever we go.’

In his heartbreaking final Instagram video on August 17, Cormac said: ‘All of you are so talented, and it blows me away what I see every day when I scroll through, it really does.

‘What you guys make is incredible and just sink your teeth in and remember that life is short and you don’t always get to choose your destiny and you don’t always get to choose your future but be an undeniable force that lives and breathes the thing you claim that you love and that you are.

‘And really do it, if it makes you happy, really do it. That’s all I got, and I love you.’

Cormac shared his last post in August of this year as he thanked his followers for their support and told them 'You don't always get to choose your destiny. You don't always get to choose your future'

Cormac shared his last post in August of this year as he thanked his followers for their support and told them ‘You don’t always get to choose your destiny. You don’t always get to choose your future’

Cormac was a graduate of Bennington College, as well as a talented guitarist, composer and producer

Cormac was a graduate of Bennington College, as well as a talented guitarist, composer and producer

Cormac was diagnosed with stage three germ cell cancer in November 2021 - he said since his diagnosis he had been 'fighting it daily'

Cormac was diagnosed with stage three germ cell cancer in November 2021 – he said since his diagnosis he had been ‘fighting it daily’ 

Tim Roth (L) with his son Cormac for the screening of the film 'Bergman Island' at the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in southern France on July 11, 2021

Tim Roth (L) with his son Cormac for the screening of the film ‘Bergman Island’ at the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in southern France on July 11, 2021

British Actor Tim Roth and his sons Timothy (R) and Cormac (L) pictured in 2008 at the Giffoni Film Festival, Italy

British Actor Tim Roth and his sons Timothy (R) and Cormac (L) pictured in 2008 at the Giffoni Film Festival, Italy

The musician, who had been living in Los Angeles, first revealed his diagnosis in an Instagram post in April this year, saying he had lost his hearing in one ear and a drastic amount of weight.

He wrote at the time: ‘In November of 21 I was diagnosed with stage 3 germ cell cancer. Since then I’ve been fighting it daily, throwing everything I can at it. Chemo, high dose chemo, medication, transplants, transfusions, surgeries etc.

‘It is called Choriocarinoma, it is rare, and it has managed to stay many steps ahead of me no matter what I throw at it.

‘It has taken away half of my hearing, 60 pounds of weight, my confidence, and will continue its murderous path until I can manage to stop it some how, and kill it.

‘But it hasn’t taken away my will to survive, or my love of making music. It hasn’t taken me down yet. If you or someone you love is effected by cancer, please feel free to reach out for it is an emotional rollercoaster unlike anything else. 

‘Love to you all please make sure to do the things that you love. Life is short. It is chaos. And you never know when it’s going to be you. Be well and go to the doctor. F**k cancer.’ 

A graduate of Bennington College in Vermont, Roth’s passion for music began when he was a child.

He went on to become a guitarist, composer and producer, with his family saying his career was ‘just beginning to flourish’.

Cormac is survived by his parents, Tim, 61, and Nikki as well as his brothers Hunter and Tim Jr and half-brother Jack Roth from Tim’s first marriage to Lori Baker.

The singer – who was born Michael Cormac Roth in 1996 – was the youngest of the Pulp Fiction actor’s three sons.

Cormac released the album Python in 2018. He also worked on the music for Michael Franco directed film New Order in 2020.

His father Tim starred in The Incredible Hulk and most recently the Marvel spin-off series, She-Hulk.

What is germ cell cancer?

What is germ cell cancer?

Germ cell tumors form from reproductive cells, mainly in the testes or ovaries.

Cormac was diagnosed with choriocarcinoma, an aggressive tumor that develops from trophoblastic cells — cells that help an embryo attach to the uterus and help form the placenta.

Is it common?

Testicular germ cell cancer is rare, making up 1-2 per cent of all tumors in males.

However, it is the most common cancer in men ages 15 to 35.

The incidence of testicular germ cell cancer has been continuously rising in many countries, including Europe and the U.S

About 8,000 to 10,000 men are diagnosed with it in the US every year.

How can you check yourself? 

The best time for you to examine your testicles is during or after a bath or shower, when the skin of the scrotum is relaxed.

Hold your penis out of the way and examine each testicle separately.

Hold your testicle between your thumbs and fingers with both hands and roll it gently between your fingers.

What should I look for? 

Look and feel for any hard lumps or nodules (smooth rounded masses) or any change in the size, shape, or consistency of your testicles.

It’s normal for one testicle to be slightly larger than the other, and for one to hang lower than the other. 

You should also be aware that each normal testicle has a small, coiled tube called the epididymis that can feel like a small bump on the upper or middle outer side of the testis. 

Normal testicles also contain blood vessels, supporting tissues, and tubes that carry sperm. Some men may confuse these with abnormal lumps at first. If you have any concerns, ask your doctor.

A testicle can get larger for many reasons other than cancer. For example, fluid can collect around the testicle to form a hydrocele. 

Or the veins in the testicle can dilate and cause enlargement and lumpiness around the testicle. This is called a varicocele. If your testicle seems larger, have a doctor examine you to be sure you have one of these conditions and not a tumor. The doctor may order an ultrasound exam. This is an easy and painless way of finding a tumor.



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