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Guitarist of the US punk band New York Dolls is dead

The American musician Sylvain Sylvain lost the battle against cancer. The punk pioneer passed away this week at the age of 69.

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Sylvain Sylvain, guitarist for the US punk band New York Dolls, died on Wednesday at the age of 69. This news was announced by his wife Wanda O’Kelley Mizrahi on Facebook. “As most of you know, Sylvain has been battling cancer for the past two and a half years,” she wrote there. And further: “Although he fought valiantly against it, he died yesterday of this disease. While we mourn his loss, we know that he is finally living in peace and is no longer in pain.” In exactly the same month Sylvain Sylvain would have celebrated his 70th birthday.

“Heart and Soul of the New York Dolls”

“Please turn up his music, light a candle, say a prayer, and leave this lovely doll [Anspielung auf seine Band – Doll bedeutet auf Deutsch Puppe, Anm. d. Red.] on their way “, added Mizrahi and also shared a tribute to Sylvain, which guitarist Lenny Kaye wrote. In it he praised Sylvain as” the heart and soul of the New York Dolls “and continued:” Thank you Sylvain for your heart , your beliefs and the way you struck the E chord. Sleep baby doll. “

Sylvain Sylvain was born Sylvain Mizrahi on February 14, 1951 in Cairo, Egypt. His family first moved to France and then to New York, where he later co-founded the New York Dolls. The group released a debut album in 1973, which was followed in 1974 by the second album “Too Much Too Soon”. Sylvain was featured on both albums with guitar, piano and vocals. The band broke up in 1977, followed by a re-establishment in 2004.

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