Howard Marks, the bestselling author of Mr. Nice and former marijuana smuggler, has died at the age of 70.

Marks was released from prison in 1996 after serving seven years of a twenty-five year sentence for drug smuggling in the US. Upon his release, Marks penned an autobiography which became an international bestseller and turned Howard Marks into a quasi-celebrity.

His life and exploits in the drug business were fictionalised into the film, Mr. Nice, starring Rhys Ifans and Chloe Sevingy. As well as writing for Loaded Magazine, Marks also collaborated with Super Furry Animals on the album, Fuzzy Logic.

Marks was diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer on January 25th, 2015 and died earlier tonight.


Via Guardian