Tracy Hurley Martin, a comedic booking agent, film producer, and publicist for a variety of musicians, including Prince, George Michael, Depeche Mode, Bush, and The Cure, has died after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 53. She also represented Goosebumps and the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen brands, two of the most popular children’s products ever. She created several films that were accepted and screened at the Tribeca and Edinborough film festivals and on PBS and the IFC channel.
How did Tracy Hurley Martin Die?
Tracy Hurley Martin, co-founder and previous board chair of the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, New York, died at the age of 53 after battling stomach cancer for two years.
Martin, who was also the wife of Erasure’s Vince Clarke, was recognized for her love of the arts, unusual ideas, and underappreciated causes, leaving an indelible impression on the community. Martin’s innovative leadership transformed the Morbid Anatomy Museum into a haven for individuals captivated by life’s darker, morbid, and much-misunderstood elements. Her passion resulted in pioneering exhibitions, award-winning films, thought-provoking publications, and various activities that helped build a distinct community.
She arranged and sponsored lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and seminars at the Museum on topics ranging from taxidermy to sword swallowing. Survivors include her husband of twenty years, Vince Clarke, the founder of Depeche Mode, Yaz, and Erasure; a son, Oscar; a niece, Isabelle Pagnotta; and her identical twin sister, Tonya Hurley, an author and filmmaker. Hurley Sisters Productions just acquired the film rights to Mark Dery’s Edward Gorey biography, as well as the unique love tale turned assisted suicide of Phillip and Becky Benight, which made headlines in 2017. A private cremation service will be performed for the family.