Published Apr 08, 2010Punk entrepreneur and former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren has passed away at the age of 64. The North London native died this morning (April 8) in New York City following a long battle with cancer.
A source described McLaren's situation to The Independent, saying, "He had been suffering from cancer for some time, but recently had been full of health, which then rapidly deteriorated. He died in New York this morning. We are expecting his body to be brought back to London and buried in Highgate Cemetery."
McLaren started his career in punk with a store on King's Road in London called Let It Rock (which was later renamed SEX). The store introduced McLaren to a seedy rock'n'roll underbelly, and by the late '70s he was managing both the New York Dolls and the Sex Pistols. McLaren found unprecedented success when the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" became a No. 1 single during the Queen's 1977 silver jubilee.
Along with managing bands, McLaren had his hand in filmmaking, writing, painting and his own music career, which explored the realms of hip-hop and electronic music. No matter the field, however, McLaren stood as one of pop culture's most colourful figures and one that will be missed.