Ivan Král, the legendary guitarist and producer who has worked with Iggy Pop, Blondie and most notably, Patti Smith, has died aged 71.
The Czech musician’s passing was confirmed by David Gaydecka of the Metronome Festival in Prague: “We worked together since 2016, but the grand finale, which we have prepared, never came,” Gaydecka said.
A press statement was from Král’s wife, Cindy Hudson, was shared on Twitter by Greg Jarvis of The Flowers of Hell, whose 2009 LP Come Hell Or High Water featured Král’s on bass.
Hudson revealed that Král died from cancer in his Michigan home, also stating that the acclaimed songwriter’s latest Czech album, Smile, will be released on February 28th.
Král played in the band for Shaun Cassidy and Blondie, before joining the Patti Smith Group as a guitarist. During his time with the Patti Smith Group, he co-wrote a number of PSG’s biggest hits, most notably, the 1979 track ‘Dancing Barefoot’.