John Mann (musician)

Canadian musician
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John Fraser Mann (September 18, 1962 – November 20, 2019) was a Canadian folk rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and actor. He was best known as the frontman of the folk rock band Spirit of the West.[1][2] He was born in Calgary, Alberta. His best known acting role was as Slade Craven in Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal.

Mann went on to appear on several television shows as a guest actor, including Cold Squad, Dark Angel, Stargate SG-1, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville and Da Vinci's Inquest.[3] He has also played recurring characters in the series Whistler, Haunted, Blood Ties and Intelligence.

In 2009 Mann was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and survived the disease in 2010 and again in 2011. In September 2014, Mann announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Mann died in Vancouver on November 20, 2019 from the disease, at age 57.[4]


  1. "John Mann of Spirit of the West reveals Alzheimer's diagnosis". CBC News. September 8, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  2. Lederman, Marsha (September 8, 2014). "Alzheimer's diagnosis takes centre stage for Spirit of the West frontman". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  3. Scalza, Remy (November 14, 2011). "John Mann Appearing in Musical Blood Brothers". Inside Vancouver. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  4. Lederman, Marsha (November 20, 2019). "Spirit of the West singer John Mann dies at 57", The Globe and Mail. Retrieved November 21, 2019.