Sylvain Sylvain (died January 13th, aged 69)
Musician Sylvain Sylvain, real name Sylvain Mizrahi, passed away after fighting cancer for two and a half years. He was a founding member of the American rock band New York Dolls, which gained a cult following partly because of its members’ androgynous look complete with makeup and high heels.
The band, whose original members included vocalist David Johansen, drummer Billy Murcia, and guitarists Johnny Thunders, Rick Rivets, and Arthur “Killer” Kane, has been credited with heavily influencing rock and New Wave music. Formed in 1971, the band split in 1977, reformed in 2004, and broke up again in 2011.