Fashion designer plays tribute to former Sex Pistols manager and partner

The fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has paid tribute to her former partner Malcolm McLaren, saying he was “a very charismatic, special and talented person”.

The punk impresario, who managed bands such as Sex Pistols and New York Dolls, died earlier today (April 8) after suffering with cancer.

“When we were young I fell in love with Malcolm [McLaren],” Westwood said in a statement. “I thought he was beautiful and I still do. I thought he was a very charismatic, special and talented person. The thought of him dead is really something very sad.”

Prior to managing the Sex Pistols from 1975 to 1977, McLaren ran Let It Rock, a clothing store in London, with Westwood (with whom he had a son, Joseph, born in 1967) later re-named Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die, and then, most famously, SEX.

Meanwhile, both New York Dolls’ guitarist Sylvain Sylvain and Sex Pistols’ John Lydon have paid tribute to Malcolm McLaren.

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