After his death, McLaren's agent Les Molloy said pals and family were "in shock", reports The Sun. He added: "It's a sad day. He'd been suffering cancer for some time, but recently had been full of health, which then rapidly deteriorated. We are expecting his body to be brought back to London and buried in Highgate Cemetery."
McLaren's partner Young Kim, 38, confirmed he had died of the rare cancer mesothelioma. She said: "He changed the world and is a lasting influence." Kim was at the punk mastermind's bedside as he died, along with Agent Provocateur co-founder Joseph Corre, his son with fashion guru Vivienne Westwood.
Vivienne, 69, said: "When we were young and I fell in love with Malcolm, I thought he was beautiful - and I still do. I thought he is a very charismatic, special and talented person. The thought of him dead is very sad. We hadn't been in touch for a long time." Joseph, 42, called his father "a real beacon of a man for people to look up to".