Actress Lauren Hutton was stunned by the death of her ex-lover Malcolm McLaren earlier this month (Apr10) - because the punk legend didn't tell her he was suffering from cancer.
The former Sex Pistols manager died aged 64 at a clinic in Switzerland on 8 April (10) after a battle with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer often linked to asbestos exposure.
Hutton dated MCLaren in the 1990s, and they remained friends up until the end - but the 66 year old admits she was shocked to hear of his passing, because he kept his cancer battle to himself.
She says, "I didn't know anything about his cancer. When I saw him nine months ago, he never said anything about it. It was in New York, we went out dancing with his girlfriend and three little Asian girls. We have been best friends for ever. It jerks your chain about what life is. How much time we've got... Right now I'm just missing Malcolm... Malcolm was a fantastically unsung hero. We sure had fun together. We had a great life."
And Hutton admits she still regrets ending their relationship, adding, "I was so psychologically damaged form my childhood. I went to a shrink for the first time in my life at 47 when Malcolm and I split up... I know that (MCLaren was confused by their break-up), and it was a terrible thing to do. I went to a shrink and figured out how to stand on my own feet. This man had been my earth and the ground I stood on."