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Obituary: Prism Drummer and 'F**K Cancer' Advocate Rocket Norton

This week we also acknowledge the passing of Ultravox bassist Chris Cross, drummer/producer Keith LeBlanc, counterculture hero John Sinclair, rock vocalist CJ Snare.

Rocket Norton (born Gary Wanstall), a Vancouver musician, author and entrepreneur best known as the drummer for Prism, died on April 5, at age 73. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2021.

Norton was born in Chilliwack and grew up in the Vancouver neighbourhoods of Kerrisdale and Kitsilano. After choosing his stage name, Norton co-founded the rock band, Seeds of Time, in 1965. As reported on the Citizen Freak website, Norton was 15 at the time, and said "I thought I was going to be a dentist. I had no idea I was going to spend the next 50 years playing drums in a rock band!"

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