November 21, 2023

Celebrity

Psychedelic Furs and Waitresses saxophonist, Mars Williams dies at 68

Mars William final tour dates with the Psychedelic Furs just wrapped up last month in October

By Javeria Shahid November 21, 2023
Psychedelic Furs and Waitresses saxophonist, Mars Williams dies at 68
Psychedelic Furs and Waitresses saxophonist, Mars Williams dies at 68

Mars Williams, the iconic jazz saxophone player in the Psychedelic Furs and the Waitresses passed away at the age of 68.

The Chicago Tribune, which is the hometown newspaper of the artist, was the first one to report the unfortunate news on Monday, November 20.

The performer, who has become widely known for his sax magic when he was a member of the Waitress, reportedly died because of ampullary cancer.

He was diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer just a year ago.

After the death of the artist, The Psychedelic Furs took to their official social media account on Tuesday, November 21, to share their grief.

Their twitter post read, “We’re heartbroken.”

“Goodbye to the great Mars Williams, the short post concluded as “ Rest well, 1955-2023”

William’s sax playing skills were the key element of the Waitresses; the musician left an inedible mark on the band's legacy despite working with them for only three years.  

After the split from the Waitresses, Mars was asked by the Psychedelic Furs to be their sax man as a replacement of their absent player for an overseas tour in 1983.

That chance to work with the band was enough for Williams to let the world be enlightened with his talent.

He worked with the Furs till 1989 at the time. He later tuned in with the group again after a hiatus in 2005.

His final tour dates with the bands just wrapped up last month in October.

Mars's deep heavy cuts as he played the saxophone can be heard throughout the songs including Christmas Wrapping, Square Pegs as well as I Know What Boys Like and Bruiseology.