Malcolm McLaren kept the news of his cancer diagnosis secret from his family until the final months of his life, according to his son.
The punk legend passed away in Switzerland on Thursday (08Apr10) after losing his battle with a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma, which is often associated with asbestos exposure.
MCLaren's son Joe Corre was with his father when he passed away, and admits he was only informed about his dad's health struggle in the last few months.
He says, "He found out he had cancer last October. I didn't know about it. He kept it to himself until recently."
And Corre admits his father went to great effort to treat the condition, even turning to alternative medicine in a bid to prolong his life.
He adds, "He had a very aggressive and rare form of cancer. No one knows how he contracted it. The most common cause is asbestos but he never had been in contact with that. Steve MCQueen died of it too. The standard cancer medicines and treatments either didn't work or were too risky. It's very difficult to treat. He saw a number of specialists... but in the end he decided to try alternative medicine. They tried various types of treatment including one involving mistletoe. It made him feel much better. But he suddenly deteriorated."
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