Kim Fowley, the creator, manager and producer of all-female rock band The Runaways has died at the age of 75. He had been battling with cancer of the bladder.
Despite a history containing acrimony and legal battles between them, it is reported that Fowley had been cared for recently by former member of The Runaways, Cherie Curry.
Currie issued a statement reading: “Just before 8am this morning, Kim passed away at home with his wife Kara by his side.
“I am so blessed that I got to know you again, Kim – really get to know you on a personal level, and that we became friends. Mostly, that you spent time here at my home. It’s a time I will never forget.
“The last record you made is in good hands, and I’m so glad that record is mine. Thank you for starting my career when I was just a child. You are a genius. You are loved. Rest in peace, my friend.”
Lita Ford, a former member of The Runaways, tweeted: “My first manager, my start in the music industry, my first band put together by Kim. Sometimes I wonder if there would ever have been a Lita Ford without Kim Fowley.”
Fowley was immortalised by actor Michael Shannon in the 2010 movie The Runaways, based on Currie’s autobiography, and described the actor’s role as “the performance of a lifetime.”
Fowley co-wrote a number of successful songs, including The Runaways hit “Cherry Bomb”.