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[Deathwatch] Cyrinda Foxe-Tyler, legendary scenester, 51



Aerosmith's Tyler Attends Funeral Of Ex-Wife, Inspiration For Bowie's
'Jean Genie'
Tue Sep 10, 8:57 PM ET

(9/10/02, 6 p.m. ET) -- Aerosmith's Steven Tyler attended the funeral
of his ex-wife Cyrinda Foxe-Tyler on Monday (September 9) in New York
City. She was known as the inspiration for David Bowie's 1973 song,
"The Jean Genie."

Born Kathleen Hetzekian in Santa Monica, California, Foxe-Tyler died at
51 of a cancerous brain tumor. In the 1970s, she was a legendary
scenester, making the in-crowd music and avant garde art rounds with
Andy Warhol, turning up at nightspots like Max's Kansas City. She also
became an actress and appeared in Warhol's movie Bad. She was later
romantically linked with both Bowie and his former wife, Angela Bowie. 


In 1977, she married New York Dolls singer David Johansen, then left
him after a year to marry Tyler. They were together for a decade. She
is the mother of his daughter Mia. On August 28 just prior to her
death, she married musician/ artist/sculptor Keith Waa, who was at her
side when she passed away.

In 1997, Foxe-Tyler wrote a tell-all biography, Dream On, about her
life with the Aerosmith ( news - web sites) frontman. Tyler attempted
to stop the publishing of the book, but was unsuccessful except for
blocking an edition featuring nude photos of himself. However, the
ex-husband and wife mended fences, and Tyler paid her medical expenses
when he learned of her illness, as well as all funeral costs. He has
also donated a guitar to be auctioned at a future charity fundraiser in
her name. 

At the service, Tyler was accompanied by Mia and Liv Tyler, his
daughter with Bebe Buell.