Foremost Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto has died of leukemia, he was aged 76

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Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, known for styling musician David Bowie, has died at the age of 76, his family said.

Yamamoto designed some of Bowie’s most famous outfits including those of the singer’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

The designer had been diagnosed with leukemia and died last Tuesday, his daughter said in a statement on Monday.

Yamamoto was known for his colorful creations and incorporating traditional Japanese designs into fashion.

Confirming his death via Instagram on Monday, July 27 his daughter Yamamoto Mirai said: “In my eyes, my father was not only the eclectic and energetic soul that the world knew him as but someone who was also thoughtful, kind-hearted, and affectionate,”

“He valued communication and showered me with love throughout my entire life,” she added.

His funeral has already taken place but his family has decided to make his death private, till this week.

According to his family, a “public farewell” for the designer may be held at a later date.

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