Famed photog’s death follows those of Mick Jagger and Mick Taylor, Bowie’s original guitarist
Photographer Mick Rock, whose portrait of David Bowie on the cover of the album Let’s Dance earned him an international reputation, has died aged 72. Rock died on Tuesday, after taking his own life in California, and is the latest in a long line of celebrities who have died by way of suicide in recent years.
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His brother Paul confirmed his death to Associated Press, but did not provide details. Mick Rock was a well-known photog who became well-known for taking intimate portraits of celebrities, including Bowie. He captured the rocker on his world tour for Let’s Dance and the album Lodger, for which he won a Grammy in 1988 for album art design.
His brother said: “I was not going to be interviewed because, to tell you the truth, I felt the author of this terrible tragedy shouldn’t be written. Instead, I’m thinking of all the countless fans of Mick Rock whose lives he touched. I have received countless letters and emails from all over the world. It’s clear that my brother’s reputation will live on forever.”
Rock shot Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and the Stones drummer Charlie Watts in the late 70s and early 80s. His career also included capturing pictures of Rod Stewart, Fred Astaire, Stevie Wonder, and Frank Sinatra, and he became the most photographed English photographer in the world.
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The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts said in a statement: “It was great knowing Mick. I shall miss him. I hope he is now reunited with David and [his wife] Iman. Our thoughts are with the family.”
Mick Taylor, who replaced Bowie on stage during a short run of shows in 1979 and 1980, said: “We shared a happy time. He was an extremely loyal friend and colleague. Our sadness is immense. We express our love to his family.”
In 1986, Mick Rock won one of photography’s most prestigious prizes, the Royal Photographic Society’s overall award. He was inducted into the RA in 2006.
Stuart Andress (@stuartandress) Mick Rock’s brother (out of respect) didn’t want him interviewed after the tragic suicide of their mother Gail. Appointed by David Bowie’s family to be on their side. We can confirm this information. pic.twitter.com/n1btUFMnh0
David Goodier (@GoodierDavid) Mick Rock, the photographer behind some of David Bowie’s most iconic photographs. says farewell to his adoring fans in this cryptic tweet http://t.co/IHhxZ9kiF9 pic.twitter.com/TpTKHfk9sl
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