Kim Fowley, producer of The Runaways, dies at 75

By Aileen Graef  |  Jan. 16, 2015 at 9:36 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Kim Fowley, legendary music producer and songwriter, died at his home Thursday at the age of 75 from terminal bladder cancer.

Fowley was the producer of The Runaways, a band that launched frontwoman Cherie Currie's career. Currie and Fowley had a falling out after she reportedly tired of Fowley's tough and reportedly abusive managing style.

The band also included famous rock stars Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Jackie Fox and Sandy West. He also worked with Berry Gordy, DJ Alan Freed, Alice Cooper, KISS, and Ariel Pink.

Ralph Peer, CEO and chairman of Peer music, first reported the death via Twitter.

The news was later confirmed on Facebook by Currie who praised the music legend despite their bumpy relationship.

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