Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane passes away…

NEW YORK DOLLS bassist ARTHUR ‘KILLER’ KANE has died aged 55.

Kane had been part of the reformed line-up who played a number of shows in the UK over the summer, including gigs at the London Royal Festival Hall as part of the Morrissey curated Meltdown event.

NME.COM understands that Kane didn’t play the band’s show at the Move festival over the weekend in Manchester due to illness.

It’s reported that the bassist died (July 13) due to complications from leukaemia.

The New York Dolls are cited as one of the most influential punk bands of all time, and a huge influence on UK punk, including the Sex Pistols.

Their recent shows have been greeted warmly by critics and fans alike, with the band playing songs including ‘Personality Crisis’, ‘Jet Boy’ and ‘Trash’.

They are also the most recent additions to this year’s Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds Festivals following the cancellation of The Vines. It’s currently unclear if they will still play this show.