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International fashion designer, Mark England loses battle to cancer

Mark England

Mark England

Designer and prominent Detroit businessman Mark England joined the ancestors Jan. 18. While with a caretaker at his downtown Detroit home, England experienced trouble breathing.

A medical emergency team was unable to revive him after an hour-long attempt.

England was rushed to Detroit Receiving Hospital, where doctors continued to work on him; they too were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at 4:15p.m.

England was first diagnosed with lymphoma in December of 2012 and after receiving an “all clear” from doctors the following June, he returned to creating. Unfortunately, his cancer returned aggressively. England fought bravely for his life and a better quality-of-life for others, partnering with the Barbara Anne Karmanos Cancer Institute to host Fashion Fights Cancer, a fashion show at the Detroit Opera House. England’s show raised monies for research and patient support programs at Karmanos Cancer Institute. Fashion Fights Cancer also introduced his latest designs in the Mark England Collection.

The Detroit fashion scene will never be quite the same. Called “the bridge” by those in the industry, England brought many people together — from young aspiring designers and models who interned at the multiple retail spaces in downtown Detroit, to the many national and international celebs who counted, trusted and depended on his impeccable approach to fashion around the world.

England’s legacy will endure forever and the city of Detroit shines a little brighter because Mark England shared his talents and visions with this great metropolis.

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