Japan Bassist Mick Karn Dies at 52

Mick Karn, who co-founded the UK band Japan, passed away on Tuesday (January 4, 2011) at the age of 52. According to his official website, Karn died of cancer at his home in Chelsea, London, surrounded by his family and friends.

Karn, David Sylvian and Steve Jansen formed Japan back in 1974 and achieved fame in the early 1980s with their hit albums ‘Tin Drum’ and ‘Gentlemen Take Polaroids.’

After Japan split in 1982, Karn continued his music career and worked with Kate Bush, Midge Ure, Joan Armatrading and Gary Numan, among others.

Duran Duran bassist John Taylor has described Karn as “one of the great visual and sound stylists of the late-70s/early-80s.”

He is survived by his wife, Kyoko, and his son, Metis.

[Photo by Sid Smith]