Ed Hardy Designer, Christian Audigier Dead At Age 57

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French designer and entrepreneur Christian Audigier best known for his clothing Brand Ed Hardy has lost his battle with cancer today. TMZ revealed that he had been fighting cancer back in April this year and that he had been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Audigier’s longtime publicist Michele Elyzabeth told said: ‘I just heard the news and I am truly devastated. Christian was an incredibly brilliant man. He will be missed.’

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Audigier was seen in good spirits smiling and sharing a kiss with his girlfriend Nathalie Sorensen in these photos leaving Cedars-Sinai after Chemotherapy, March 19th with the sign Never Give Up hanging up.

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He teamed up with the owner of Von Dutch to expand his brand in 2004 to popularize his the Ed Hardy brand. Audigier moved on to create even more successful brands including Christian Audigier and Von Dutch.Had grown his net worth to an estimated $250 million.

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Christian was hit with tragic news earlier this week that his former partner from the Audigier brand had been shot dead in a suspected Mafia hit on the French Riviera.Daily Mail reported that:

The playboy fashion boss Regis Mijatovic, 45 was gunned down as he sat eating at a fish restaurant in sun-kissed Cros de Cagnes, near Nice…

Guests at plush eatery Charlot 1er screamed in terror after shots were fired and when the Mijatovic slumped to the floor in a pool of blood.

His dining companion – believed to be Giovanni Tagliamento, ex boss of feared Mafia clan the Camorra – was also shot in the ambush shortly after 10pm on Monday.

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Christian Audigier rise in fashion from the age of 14 to the early millennium made Ed Hardy a household name. The T-shirts designed with skulls, geisha’s and tattoo patterns were worn by all, from Los Angeles to Paris and New York City.He is survived by his daughter and two sons. Rest In Peace.

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