Japan bassist Mick Karn loses battle with cancer

Mick Karn, the former bass player of the 80s pop band Japan, has died aged 52 after losing his battle with cancer.

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

Cypriot-born Karn, who had been living in Cyprus with his wife and son, revealed that he was suffering from advanced stage cancer in June and launched an appeal on his website for financial support so that he would be able to return to the UK.

Born Adonis Michaelides, Karl grew up in London from the age of three and thirteen years later Japan who, with their colored hair and glam make-up came to be associated with the New Romantic movement, was born.

The band reached its peak in the late 70s/early 80s with hit albums like Tin Drum and Gentlemen Take Polaroids, and remembering Karl, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor said he was “one of the great visual and sound stylists” of that period.

In another tribute, his bandmate David Sylvian said: “May his suffering be at an end, may he find eternal peace.”

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