The Strokes’ Julian mourns death of father John Casablancas, aged 70

The Strokes frontman Julian is mourning the passing of his father John Casablancas, who has died aged 70.

John Casablancas passed away yesterday (July 20) in Rio de Janeiro following a battle with cancer, his executive assistant informed The New York Times.

John Casablancas was a legendary figure in the modelling industry. He co-founded the Elite Model Management agency in Paris in 1972 and steered it towards annual bookings in excess of $100 million (£65 million) during his years in charge. After retiring from the agency in 2000, he retained an interest in the fashion industry, founding a modelling school and creating a model-scouting organisation called Star System.

John Casablancas is often credited with “inventing” the supermodel and over the years he helped to shape the careers of numerous high-profile models.

John Casablancas is survived by his wife Aline, whom he married in 1993, and their three children John Jr, Fernando Augusta and Nina, as well as by his children from a previous marriage, Cecile and Julian.

Julian Casablancas thanked fans for support following death of his father.

Writing on Twitter, Casablancas put: “Thanks for all the kind words. It’s been a tough two weeks,” before linking to a letter from his mother, John Casablancas’ second wife, who encouraged him to set up his modeling agency. The pair met in 1967 and separated in 1978.

“A lot has been said and a lot has been written about John and about this business,” the letter reads. “Some of it true and a lot of it untrue. I backed Johnny 100 per cent when he wanted to change to the modeling industry. He stood up for women and fought for them to earn more so they could make fruitful careers. In my early days of modeling, everybody made money on the models, but very often the models were under-paid. John wanted to change that and he successfully did.” The letter finishes: “I am saying good-bye, dear John. I am so thankful for the years that we had together and for our son Julian.”

John Casablancas is survived by his wife Aline, whom he married in 1993, and their three children John Jr, Fernando Augusta and Nina, as well as by his two children from previous marriages, Cecile and Julian.

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