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Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren dies

Malcolm McLaren, the former manager of the Sex Pistols and the man hailed as the godfather of punk, has died from cancer. He was 64.

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McLaren died in a Swiss hospital, his girlfriend Young Kim said. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer, some time ago but had not made the news public.

He had travelled to New York in February for the launch of an art book before returning to Switzerland for treatment.

Miss Kim said: "He passed away at a hospital in Switzerland where he was being treated for cancer.

"Malcolm McLaren was a man who changed the world and is a lasting influence."

His agent, Les Molloy, said: "He had been suffering from cancer for some time, but recently had been full of health, then rapidly deteriorated. Its a sad day.

"We are expecting his body to be brought back to London and buried in Highgate Cemetery, one of his final wishes.

McLaren's influence on the music industry cannot be under-estimated, Mr Molloy said. "Without Malcolm McLaren, the punk movement wouldnt have exploded in the way that it did.

McLaren first made his name in 1971 when he opened a fashion boutique on the Kings Road in Chelsea with his partner, the designer Vivienne Westwood. With his unerring eye for publicity, he renamed the shop Sex.

In 1975, he spotted a young punk called John Lydon who regularly hung around outside the shop. McLaren signed him up as the frontman of the fledging punk band he managed and the Sex Pistols were born.

When the band released God Save The Queen during the Queens Silver Jubilee in 1977, they became one of the most notorious acts in British music history.

McLaren continued to work in the music industry after the Sex Pistols broke up, and retained his love of publicity stunts. In 1999 he offered to stand as Mayor of London. Three years ago, he was a contestants on Im A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, but walked out after one day.

He and Westwood had a son, Joe Corre, founder of the lingerie label Agent Provocateur. He and Miss Kim, a Korean-American fashion historian, split their time between Paris and New York.

Music journalist Jon Savage, who wrote Englands Dreaming, the award-winning history of the Sex Pistols and punk, said: Without Malcolm McLaren there would not have been any British punk.

Hes one of the rare individuals who had a huge impact on the cultural and social life of this nation.

Mark Borkowski, who used to represent McLaren, said: "He was a showman extraordinaire. He knew how to create the news."



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His ripple or wake in the music world certainly affected me.
I was right on the punk explosion scene in the late 70's.
What kind of person he was, guess only a few know.
I acknowledge his contributions.

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