News 11 April 2016
Author: Alex Griffin

Drug smuggler & ‘Mr Nice’ author Howard Marks dies

11 April 2016

Howard Marks, the former cannabis smuggler turned author, has died at the age of 70.

The man behind the notorious  autobiography ‘Mr Nice’, which was later adapted into a film starring Rhys Ifans, died due to complications of bowel cancer. He announced he had the inoperable cancer last year.

Marks was born in Kenfig Hill, South Wales and was arrested for smuggling cannabis in the US during 1990. His individual way of life and exploits were recounted in his autobiography and led to him becoming some what of a cult figure. He toured as a one man show and even infamously ran for Parliament in 1997. His policies? To reform cannabis laws of course.

A statement has been released on his death, saying “In the early hours of 10th April 2016, Howard Marks died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his four loving children. He fought the illness with grace and humour.

“His death was 21 years to the day since his release from prison in the United States, his second bout of imprisonment for cannabis smuggling since his miraculous acquittal at the Old Bailey in 1980. One of his last acts was to set up the Mr Nice foundation, to ensure the causes dear to him continue to receive his support.”

The world lost an interesting man today. RIP Howard Marks!