The Strokes' Julian mourns death of father John Casablancas, aged 70

John Casablancas was a legendary figure in the modelling world who helped shape the career of Cindy Crawford

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The Strokes frontman Julian is mourning the passing of his father John Casablancas, who has died aged 70.

John Casablancas passed away yesterday (July 20) in Rio de Janeiro following a battle with cancer, his executive assistant informed The New York Times.

John Casablancas was a legendary figure in the modelling industry. He co-founded the Elite Model Management agency in Paris in 1972 and steered it towards annual bookings in excess of $100 million (£65 million) during his years in charge. After retiring from the agency in 2000, he retained an interest in the fashion industry, founding a modelling school and creating a model-scouting organisation called Star System.

John Casablancas is often credited with "inventing" the supermodel and over the years he helped to shape the careers of numerous high-profile models including Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Heidi Klum and Claudia Schiffer.

John Casablancas is survived by his wife Aline, whom he married in 1993, and their three children John Jr, Fernando Augusta and Nina, as well as by his children from a previous marriage, Cecile and Julian.

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