September 30th, Cape Breton Island lost one of it brightest stars. Singer Raylene Rankin dies of cancer. Raylene Rankin, a member of the acclaimed Celtic-country band The Rankin Family, has died after a long fight with cancer at the age of fifty two.
Raylene began her music career as a member of The Rankin Family in 1989. The band which included sisters Heather and Cookie and brothers Jimmy and John Morris ( who passed away in a tragic vehicle accident in 2000), reached international success, winning numerious awards
and the hearts of Cape Bretoners. My deepest sympathy is extended to the Rankin family.