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Queen of Punk Jordan Mooney dies aged 66

Jordan Mooney has died age 66 (Picture: Getty / Rex)

‘Queen of punk’ Jordan Mooney, best-known for her collaboration with fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and the Sex Pistols, has died, aged 66.

The punk muse – real name Pamela Rooke – died following a rare cancer diagnosis, her family have confirmed.

Releasing a statement about the death, Rooke’s family said: ‘Jordan (Pamela Rooke) has left her mark on this planet, whether it be as “The Queen of Punk”, or for her veterinary work and countless prize winning cats.

‘She lived life to the full and was true to herself and others throughout the whole of her life.

‘She was totally trusted and respected by all those who knew her. Jordan
was a blessed rare individual indeed.

‘She did not want any speculation regarding her passing, and wished for the world to know that after a short period of illness. She succumbed to a relatively rare form of cancer known as cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer).’

Jordan Mooney, real name Pamela Rooke died from a rare form of cancer (Picture: Martyn Goodacre/Redferns)
Rooke performed with Adam & The Ants (Picture: Steve Richards/Shutterstock)

‘Jordan was a wonderful woman and will be remembered for countless decades to come.’

Her family have requested privacy as they come together to mourn Rooke.

Their statement continued: ‘The Rooke family have requested time to grieve their loss and would ask everyone to kindly respect this – thank
you.’

Rooke was well-known on the punk scene (Picture: Kypros/Getty Images)

Rooke was a model who worked with Westwood, as well as helping to create the W10 London punk look alongside Johnny Rotten, Soo Catwoman and Siouxsie Sioux.

Later in the 70s, Rooke managed Adam & The Ants, as well as providing vocals on the track Lou, written by Lou Reed.

She eventually went on to become a veterinary nurse, and bred Burmese cats.

Tributes for Rooke, who was known for her bleached hair, big hair and heavy eye makeup, poured in after the news broke.

Boy George called her a ‘teenage obsession’ as he paid his respects on Twitter.

Rooke worked closely with Vivienne Westwood (Picture: Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

The 60-year-old pop star wrote: ‘RIP Jordan Punk Icon and teenage obsession. So sad!’

Jonathan Ross labelled her ‘an amazing woman’ as he offered his condolences.

The 61-year-old chat show host said: ‘An amazing woman. She changed our
world. And she loved cats. So sad she’s gone.’

Rooke will be depicted by Maisie Williams in Pistol, a forthcoming TV series about the Sex Pistols directed by Danny Boyle.

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