Rodney and Alison were in Palmerston North for a art exhibition for his aunt Corries art work when Rodney fell ill and was taken to Palmerston North Hospital. He was diagnosed with Leukemia and flown straight to Auckland Hospital for treatment. This was about October/November of 2013.
Initially, Rodney was not given long to live, however his situation appeared to improve over the christmas period, after which he was released home and was able to administer his own Chemotherapy treatment.
The night before he died he was rushed into Middlemore hospital where it was discovered the cancer had spread to his bones, and again was not given long to live. Administered with pain killers for the pain, Rodney passed away between 10:00 and 10:30 on the morning of the 4th of February 2014.
His funeral was held at his local church where he spent a lot of time and was buried in the Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery.