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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Sad News

Although this is a festive photo of Ian McLagan with his new friends, Bryan Malone and Mark McMurtry of the Forty-Fives, the news I bear about Mac is not at all happy nor festive.

Mac's wife, Kim was killed in a car crash this morning near their home in Manor, Texas, right outside Austin.

Mac and Kim were such a great and devoted couple. My heart goes out to you Mac.

The following notice is from the Austin-American Statesman.

Kim McLagan dead at 57
Wife of musician Ian McLagan killed in two-vehicle collision on FM 969.
By Michael Corcoran
Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A traffic collision today claimed the life of Kim McLagan, 57, a top British fashion model of the 1960s, a Smithville skincare salon operator and wife of former Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan.

The couple have lived in Manor since 1994.

The two-vehicle collision occurred shortly before noon at the intersection of Taylor Lane and FM 969 in Eastern Travis County.

As a teenager, Kim McLagan was the toast of swinging London, marrying the Who drummer Keith Moon in 1966 and appearing the next year in the worldwide satellite debut of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" video. She was divorced from Moon in 1975. Moon died in 1978 of an accidental drug overdose.

In 1978, she married Ian McLagan in England. Despite her life there amid fashion and rock stars, Kim McLagan seemed just as suited to the peaceful, rural life outside of Manor, where the McLagans lived on 15 acres.

She owned a shop called K.M. Skincare on Texas 71 between Bastrop and Smithville. She was a licensed aesthetician and previously worked at Lake Austin Spa.

Growing up as Patsy Kerrigan, the doe-eyed beauty changed her name to Kim to avoid confusion with another model she resembled, Pattie Boyd.

She's survived by a daughter, Mandy Moon, the product of her stormy marriage to the Who drummer. The McLagans had no children together.

After years in Los Angeles, the couple moved to Manor after the California city's 1994 earthquake. Ian McLagan soon established himself as a fixture on the Austin music scene.

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