Japan's Mick Karn lost to cancer

Mick Karn

The former bass player of eighties iconic pop band Japan, has died aged just 52 , the latest in a long list of celebrities that have lost their battle with cancer.

According to a statement that appeared on the musician’s website he “passed away peacefully” on Tuesday at his London home, “surrounded by his family and friends”

Karn, who had been living in his home country of Cyprus with his wife and son, had revealed that he was suffering from advanced stage cancer in June and had launched an appeal on his website for financial support so that he could return to the UK in order to receive treatment.

Born Adonis Michaelides, Karn grew up in London from the age of three and was just sixteen when Japan formed in the seventies. By the early eighties the band reached its peak with albums Tin Drum and Gentlemen Take Polaroids.

According to Duran Duran bassist John Taylor Karn was “one of the great visual and sound stylists” of that period. And bandmate David Sylvian said: “May his suffering be at an end, may he find eternal peace.”

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