April 8, 2010 / 7:08 PM / 9 years ago

Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren dies from cancer

British producer Malcolm McLaren attends a news conference for U.S. director [Richard Linklater's] in-competition film 'Fast Food Nation' at the 59th Cannes Film Festival May 19, 2006. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Malcolm McLaren, the British former manager and the self-proclaimed mastermind behind iconic punk band the Sex Pistols, has died from cancer at a hospital in Switzerland, his girlfriend said. He was 64.

“He passed away at a hospital in Switzerland where he was being treated for cancer,” said Young Kim.

McLaren, the ex-partner of designer Vivienne Westwood, had been suffering from cancer for some time.

The London-born impresario and promoter assembled the Sex Pistols and managed them in the mid-1970s, a period that produced the groundbreaking singles “Anarchy in the U.K.” and “God Save the Queen.”

Kim told Reuters McLaren had traveled to New York in February for the launch of an art book before returning to Switzerland to be treated at a clinic. He died of a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma.

“Malcolm McLaren was a man who changed the world and is a lasting influence,” Kim said.

Reporting by Christine Kearney; Editing by Sandra Maler

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