Christian Audigier, Ed Hardy designer, dies at 57

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Christian Audigier Dead -- Ed Hardy Designer Dies at 57

Fashion designer passed away at age 57 after battling cancer.

"I just heard the news and I am truly devastated," his longtime publicist, Michele Elyzabeth, told LA TF. "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."

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Designer Christian Audigier walks the runway after his Christian Audigier Presents American Lord show during Mercedes-Benz fashion week in Culver City, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Christian Audigier arrives at the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party on February 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: Christian Audigier attends the 16th Annual City Of Lights, City Of Angels Film Festival reception at Directors Guild Of America on April 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 27: Designer Christian Audigier arrives in a Ferrari in front of the Douglas store for his autograph signing during his Hamburg visit on May 27, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Florian Seefried/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 27: Designer Christian Audigier poses for the media at east hotel during his Hamburg visit on May 27, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Florian Seefried/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Designer Christian Audigier arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'This Is It' held at Nokia Theatre Downtown LA on October 27, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BERLIN - JULY 02: Designer Christian Audigier rides in a Ferrari after visiting the Ed Hardy stand at the Bread and Butter fashion trade fair at Tempelhof Airport on July 2, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. Bread and Butter runs from July 1-3. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
French designer Christian Audigier salutes after his show at the Spring Fashion week in Culver City, California, on October 15, 2008. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 15: Musician Dave Stewart (L) and designer Christian Audigier pose before the Christian Audigier Presents American Lord Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week held at Smashbox Studios on October 15, 2008 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for IMG)
CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 15: Designer Christian Audigier walks the runway at the Christian Audigier Presents American Lord Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week held at Smashbox Studios on October 15, 2008 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)
CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 15: Designer Christian Audigier poses before the Christian Audigier Presents American Lord Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week held at Smashbox Studios on October 15, 2008 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for IMG)
French designer Christian Audigier salutes on the catwalk after his 'Ed Hardy' 's show during the Spring Fashion week in Culver City, California, on October 13, 2008. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 13: Designer Christian Audigier poses in the front row at the Ed Hardy Presents Street Fame By Christian Audigier Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week held at Smashbox Studios on October 13, 2008 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for IMG)
MIAMI - JULY 19: Designer Christian Audigier poses at the Ed Hardy Swimwear Press Preview during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim at the Raleigh Hotel on July 19, 2008 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for IMG)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY TANGI QUEMENER 'USA-FRANCE-MODE-PEOPLE' French designer Christian Audigier poses in his office in Culver City, California, on March 03, 2008. Audigier most notable achievements was the revival of the Von Dutch brand. His most recent ventures include the new Ed Hardy brand based on the work of tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy, Smet in unison with French rock star Johnny Hallyday, and his own namesake Christian Audigier. AFP PHOTO GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
French designer Christian Audigier walks on the runway, at the Christian Audigier Spring 2008 fashion show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, 16 October 2007 in Culver City, California. Christian Audigier is also the designer of 'Smet', with partner French rock star Johhny Hallyday. AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS - MAY 27: Clothing designer Christian Audigier attends 'Christian Audigier's Birthday Party' on May 27, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25: Christian Audigier poses during a portrait shoot at the Ed Hardy Store on April 25, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25: Christian Audigier poses during a portrait shoot at the Ed Hardy Store on April 25, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
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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.

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.

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