Drug smuggler turned author Howard Marks has died at the age of 70 after a battle with bowel cancer.

Marks came to prominence after release from a US prison in 1995 having been convicted of smuggling cannabis.

He was hired as a columnist by Loaded magazine and wrote a best-selling autobiography, Mr Nice, later made into a film starring Rhys Ifans.

He also had a cameo role in Human Traffic and appeared on TV shows including Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

He has most recently been living in Leeds and had invested in a tequila, cocktail and tapas bar in the city centre called Azucar.