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Ed Hardy designer Christian Audigier dies at 57 after cancer battle

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Published 10/07/2015 | 09:04

Designer Christian Audigier arrives in a Ferrari in front of the Douglas store for his autograph signing during his Hamburg visit on May 27, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Florian Seefried/Getty Images)
A model showcases a design on the catwalk by Ed Hardy & Christian Audigier during day three of Swim Fashion Week in Sanctuary Cove on February 27, 2009 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Ed Hardy designer Christian Audigier has passed away aged 57.

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In April this year TMZ revealed that the French fashion expert had been battling cancer, Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). Christian was best known for his work with the alternative band Ed Hardy and helped make its destinctive skull and tattoo print famous.

Michele Elyzabeth, Christian's longtime publicist, issued a statement in the wake of Christian's passing to website latfusa.com, which broke the news.

"I just heard the news and I am truly devastated. Christian was an incredibly brilliant man. He will be missed," Michele said.

Designer Christian Audigier arrives in a Ferrari in front of the Douglas store for his autograph signing during his Hamburg visit on May 27, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Florian Seefried/Getty Images)
Designer Christian Audigier arrives in a Ferrari in front of the Douglas store for his autograph signing during his Hamburg visit on May 27, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Florian Seefried/Getty Images)

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A source close to the late designer told the site that Christian had been re-admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles in the lead up to his death. He had reportedly been in a coma, but recently woke up.

It's thought Christian fought hard against the cancer, with TMZ previously claiming he had a bone marrow transplant on March 19 once he had finished his chemotherapy.

During his career he won over countless celebrities with his clothing and style knowledge, with famous fans in the form of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. He sold Ed Hardy to Iconix Brand Group Inc. for $62 million in 2011, but also had work at labels such as Guess, Levi's Diesel and American Outfitters under his belt.

A model showcases a design on the catwalk by Ed Hardy & Christian Audigier during day three of Swim Fashion Week in Sanctuary Cove on February 27, 2009 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
A model showcases a design on the catwalk by Ed Hardy & Christian Audigier during day three of Swim Fashion Week in Sanctuary Cove on February 27, 2009 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

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