Christian Audigier, Ed Hardy Designer, Dies at 57

by Jackie Willis 1:47 AM PDT, July 10, 2015
Playing Christian Audigier, Ed Hardy Designer, Dies at 57

Fashion designer Christian Audigier passed away at age 57 after battling cancer, ET confirms with his former rep Michelle Elyzabeth.

"I just heard the news and I am truly devastated," she wrote on her website LATF. "Christian was an incredibly brilliant man. He will be missed."

Audigier, known for founding the clothing brand Ed Hardy, had a form of cancer known as MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome). This is the same bone disease Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts was diagnosed with in 2012.

Back in April, TMZ reported that Audigier had received a bone marrow transplant on March 19 after completing chemotherapy. It was thought at the time that he was "doing much better."

However, recently the fashion mogul had reportedly been re-admitted to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where he had slipped into a coma and woken up not long ago.

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The French designer came to New York in his early 20s and started working with big-name brands like Diesel, Bisou Bisou, Guess and Levis. He went on to team up with the owner of Von Dutch before popularizing the brand, Ed Hardy, based on the designs of American tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy. The clothing line became a popular staple among celebrities during the early 2000s.

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Audigier’s other brands included Christian Audigier, SMET and MMA's Pretorian.

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According to Celebrity Net Worth, he had an estimated $250 million net worth when he died.

Audigier is survived by his daughter Crystal and his two sons, Rocco and Victor.