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Japan bassist Mick Karn dies

Karn succumbs to cancer aged 52

Japan bassist Mick Karn has died aged 52.

Karn, who revealed in June 2010 that he had been diagnosed with advanced stage cancer, passed away at his Chelsea home today (January 4), according to a statement on

The statement added that Karn "was surrounded by his family and friends" at the time of his death, and that he "will be deeply missed by all".

Born Andonis Michaelides in Nicosia, Cyprus, Karn played with Japan from their formation in 1974 until their split in 1982, and again in 1991 during a brief reunion under the new name Rain Tree Crow. He also worked with Gary Numan, Kate Bush and Bauhaus founder member Peter Murphy, with whom he formed Dali's Car in 1984.

Karn moved back to Cyprus in 2004 with his wife and son, but returned to London last year. Following his cancer diagnosis, several appeals were launched via to help cover medical costs and offer financial support to his family.

Duran Duran bassist John Taylor today paid tribute to Karn on, calling him "one of the great visual and sound stylists of the late '70s/early '80s".

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Comments (2)


Jan 5, 2011

Mick was without doubt the best bass player in the world. When first hearing when he was diagnosed with cancer I was so surprised to he how far his influence was from the influenced bands such as John Taylor of Duran Duran to Andy Rourke of The Smiths and Slipnot.Rest in Peace Mick, you will never be forgotten!


Jan 5, 2011

In addition to my earlier comment, lets hope that the follow up Dalis Car album Mick was working on with Pete Murphy was completed and sees the light of day.

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