New York Dolls Guitarist Sylvain Sylvain Dead at 69

Sylvain Sylvain, the punk icon and guitarist for New York Dolls whose riffs bridged the gap between punk and glam, died Wednesday.

He was 69.

The musician, who also contributed bass, piano and songwriting to the groundbreaking band’s first two albums, had been battling cancer.“As most of you know, Sylvain battled cancer for the past two and 1/2 years,” his wife, Wanda O’Kelley Mizrahi, wrote in a statement on his Facebook page.

“Though he fought it valiantly, yesterday he passed away from this disease.

While we grieve his loss,

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