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Rocker behind Runaways dies at 75

Colourful rock musician Kim Fowley, who produced for The Runaways and co-wrote songs for Kiss and Alice Cooper, has died after a long battle with bladder cancer.

Fowley, 75, died on Thursday at his home in Hollywood, his wife Kara said.

"Even from a hospital bed, Kim worked all the time," she said. "He gave the world over 55 years of entertainment that still exists ... from Nutrocker to Alley-Oop to the Runaways to Kiss to Helen Reddy to Guardians Of The Galaxy ... and was respected all the way.

"Kim was also one of the most caring people in the universe."

Fowley's career ranged from promoter to musician to manager to record producer. In the 1970s he launched all-female rock band The Runaways, a rarity at the time, thus introducing the world to a then-teenage Joan Jett.

"Kim was a friend, he taught me so much," Jett tweeted. "I am very sad."

Fowley, whose father, actor Douglas Fowley, was best known for his role in the film Singin' In the Rain, released several solo albums.

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