John Morris Rankin, of Judique, Cape Breton, died at the age of forty. He was a member of the much-loved Rankin Family musical group from Mabou, Cape Breton Island. Coming from a family of twelve siblings, John Morris and his brother Jimmy and sisters Cookie, Raylene and Heather released their first independent cassettes in 1989 (The Rankin Family) and 1990 (Fare Thee Well Love). Both featured traditional jigs and reels, original songs and Celtic folk songs. They went on to record under Capitol records, EMI, Liberty and MapleMusic, winning many Canadian music awards along the way, including a 1992 Juno Award nomination for Most Promising New Group of the year.