Guitarist Sylvain Sylvain of New York Dolls dies of cancer at 69
- Sylvain suffered from cancer for the last two and a half years
- New York Dolls released two albums in the 1970s and both the albums were huge success
- In 1977 Sylvain started a new band called Criminals, with ex-New York Dolls member Tony Machine
Punk rock guitarist, Sylvain Sylvain, who became famous for his showboating as part of the band New York Dolls, died of cancer on Wednesday at the age of 69.
A statement on his Facebook page said that Sylvain had been suffering from cancer for the last two and a half years.
The statement read, "As most of you know, Sylvain battled cancer for the past two and 1/2 years. Though he fought it valiantly, yesterday he passed away from this disease."
It added, "While we grieve his loss, we know that he is finally at peace and out of pain. Please crank up his music, light a candle, say a prayer and let’s send this beautiful doll on his way."
According to The Guardian, New York Dolls released two albums in the 1970s and both the albums were huge success. They were very influential for the city and set a stage for the genre thereafter.
The Guardian quoted Sylvain describing his style in a 2018 interview as, "You took your life in your hands just getting to the gig … One time I had this knitted pink women’s suit. It was nice. I turned the skirt into gaucho pants. I wore them with my boots. I put on the makeup. I’m going to make my $15. I’ll never forget all the catcalls."
After the band broke up in 1977, Sylvain started a new band called Criminals, with ex-New York Dolls member Tony Machine and released solo albums during the 80s and 90s. In 2013, he toured with Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols for the “Sex Doll” tour.