Gary Sinise described his late son39s passion for music before

Gary Sinise described his late son's passion for music before his death


Published February 28, 2024, 12:24 PM ET

Gary Sinise spoke openly about his late son McCanna's illness just weeks before his death.

McCanna – also affectionately known as Mac – died on January 5 at the age of 33 after a five-and-a-half-year battle with a type of cancer called chordoma.

The 68-year-old “Forrest Gump” star opened up about Mac and his love of music on Fox's “The Ingraham Angle” in December 2023.

MaCanna died on January 5th at the age of 33. Gary Sinise Foundation

“Over the last few years he has struggled with some very serious health issues,” Sinise said on the show at the time. “[Mac] He used to be a drummer and he can't do that anymore. He put that aside.”

Mac attended USC's Thornton School of Music for college. He was also a composer and began playing the harmonica as his illness progressed because he could no longer hold drumsticks.

Sinise explained how Mac started listening to songs he had written in college and how he reconnected with his friend Oliver Schnee to bring the track to life.

“Seeing him come back to life and rediscover something that was part of his past and rejuvenated him so wonderfully,” the “CSI: NY” actor concluded.

The “Forrest Gump” star opened up about his late son's love of music. Gary Sinise Foundation

When asked how it felt to see Mac take up his hobby again, the proud father gushed: “It's beautiful to see. He’s a very talented guy.”

The Apollo 13 actor shared the Mac with his wife Moira Harris. They are also parents to daughters Sophie and Ella.

Mac was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and his death was announced on the Gary Sinise Foundation website on Tuesday.

“Seeing him come back to life and rediscover something that was part of his past and rejuvenated him so beautifully,” the “CSI: NY” actor continued. Gary Sinise Foundation

In a tribute to his only son, Sinise wrote: “He fought a tough battle against a cancer that has no cure, but he never gave up trying.”

“Like any family who experiences such a loss, we are heartbroken and have made it through as best we could,” he continued. “As a parent, it is so difficult to lose a child. My condolences go out to everyone who has suffered a similar loss and to everyone who has lost a loved one.”

Chordoma is a rare form of spinal cancer that affects one person in 1 million people per year.

A bone tumor forms in the spine or base of the skull and is considered malignant.

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