Sylvain Sylvain, songwriter and founding guitarist with punk icons the New York Dolls, died Wednesday (Jan. 13) following a battle with cancer. He was 69.
Born Sylvain Mizrahi in Cairo, Egypt, a young Sylvain and his family moved to France then settled in New York. It was in the Big Apple where the rocker would join forces with Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, Arthur Kane and David Johansen to form the New York Dolls, and set the standard for punk rock swagger and style.
A statement at his official Facebook page reads, “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. 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”.