Malcolm McLaren of the Sex Pistols Dies of Mesothelioma

Malcolm McLaren, manager and creator of the infamous British punk rock band The Sex Pistols, died April 8, 2010, of mesothelioma. 

McLaren learned of his malignant mesothelioma diagnosis in October 2009, and was undergoing treatment for the disease before his death in a Swiss hospital; he was 64. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer which almost always develops from asbestos exposure by the victim.  At this time, no information has been released by his family, the press, or his doctors as to the explanation for his diagnosis. 

McLaren lived for nearly six months after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma; the majority of victims can live up to 18 months with treatment and exercise. McLaren was famous for his involvement in forming the highly influential punk rock band The Sex Pistols, and for starting the Punk movement in Britain.  He was credited with not only forming the first punk band but also leading the movement in its fashion style and its unique musical attitudes and values. 

As well as being a talented musician and band manager, McLaren was also a highly successful fashion designer and solo recording artist.  McLaren designed several arrangements and sets for film and theatrical performances throughout his extensive career in the fashion world. He also worked in television, journalism, and film, including collaborations with film directors Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino. 

Lead singer of the Sex Pistols, Johnny Lydon (aka “Johnny Rotten”) said this of his friend: “Above all else he was an entertainer and I will miss him, and so should you.”  McLaren is to be buried in Highgate Cemetery in London later this month.