The Strokes' Julian Casablancas thanks fans for support following death of his father

Model agent John Casablancas died aged 70 last week (July 20)

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The Strokes' Julian Casablancas has thanked fans for their support after the death of his father last week (July 20).

John Casablancas, who passed away in Rio de Janeiro, was a key figure in the modeling 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. He 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.

Writing on Twitter, Casablancas put: "Thanks for all the kind words. It's been a tough two weeks," before linking to a letter from his mother, John Casablancas' second wife, who encouraged him to set up his modeling agency. The pair met in 1967 and separated in 1978.

"A lot has been said and a lot has been written about John and about this business," the letter reads. "Some of it true and a lot of it untrue. I backed Johnny 100 per cent when he wanted to change to the modeling industry. He stood up for women and fought for them to earn more so they could make fruitful careers. In my early days of modeling, everybody made money on the models, but very often the models were under-paid. John wanted to change that and he successfully did." The letter finishes: "I am saying good-bye, dear John. I am so thankful for the years that we had together and for our son Julian."

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 two children from previous marriages, Cecile and Julian.




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