Patti Smith guitarist Ivan Kral dies aged 71

Patti Smith guitarist Ivan Kral dies aged 71

Patti Smith guitarist Ivan Kral dies aged 71

Ivan Kral has died aged 71.

The Czech guitarist and producer - known for his work with Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and Blondie - has sadly died after a battle with cancer, according to his wife Cindy Hudson.

The news was confirmed by The Flowers of Hell composer Greg Jarvis - who posted a statement from Cindy on Twitter - as he revealed Ivan had passed away at his home in Michigan on Sunday (02.02.20).

Greg - who collaborated with Kral in the past - tweeted: "It's with a heavy heart that at the request of Ivan Kral's wife I distribute this news of his passing today."

In the statement, she also confirmed his new album 'Smile' will be released on February 28, while his English-language biography 'Bloc, Shock, Rock' will be published later this year.

During his time with the Patti Smith Group, after playing backup for Blondie, Kral co-wrote a number of hits - including 1979's 'Dancing Barefoot' - while he then went on to work with Iggy Pop on 1980 album 'Soldier'.

He would then become the co-writer and guitarist for all original compositions on follow-up LP 'Party', while his later career saw him co-writing songs for John Waite before forming his own band Eastern Bloc.

He returned to Prague in 1993, and worked as a producer for local bands while releasing his own solo albums.

His most recent release was 2014's 'Always'.

Ivan - who settled in Michigan with his wife Cindy back in 2001 - also worked in 1976 film 'The Blank Generation', which his partner described as "the only genuine visual testament of the punk revolution".

The highly regarded documentary - which features punk legends before they got famous - includes the likes of Blondie, Patti Smith, Talking Heads and the Ramones.

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