Mick Karn, bassist for Japan, dies of cancer

mick-karn-japan-550.jpg Mick Karn, a musician who made his stamp on '80s New Wave music, has died. He was 52.

"It's with profound sadness that we have to inform you that Mick finally lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully at 4.30pm today, 4th January 2011 at home in Chelsea, London. He was surrounded by his family and friends and will be deeply missed by all," reads a statement on his official website.

Born Andonis Michaelides, Karn is best known for being the bassist for the UK art rock band Japan. Although they achieved success, especially with their album Tin Drum, personal conflicts interfered and they disbanded.

Karn has also worked with Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus) forming Dali's Car, Kat Bush and Gary Nunan.

Fans and fellow musician rallied when they discovered Karn was terminally ill, helping to raise money to cover medical costs. He died at home.

RIP Mick. We'll remember you with "Ghosts":

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