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Modeling mogul John Casablancas dies in Rio de Janeiro

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Fashion's most famous faces have been plunged into mourning following the death of modeling agency boss John Casablancas.

Casablancas, who founded the famous Elite Model Management in 1972, died in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday following a battle with cancer, according to the New York Times.

The 70-year-old Casablancas was responsible for launching the careers of some of the industry's most-well known stars, including Iman, Andie MacDowell, Kim Alexis, Paulina Porizkova, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Claudia Schiffer. He is also credited with ushering in the era of the world's first supermodels in the 1990s.

His death has prompted an outpouring of grief on social media from stars of the modeling world.

Supermodel Joanna Krupa remembered her friend and mentor in a post on Facebook, writing, "RIP John Casablancas... one of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life and the Closest friend and mentor... The creator of the biggest supermodels in the world. May his legacy live forever and his kind heart. He will be missed."

Alessandra Ambrosio writes in a post on Twitter, "Sad Day! Rest in peace John Casablancas! Thank you for all!" and Adriana Lima adds, "Just found out sad news on the passing of John Casablanca (sic). My thoughts and prayers are to (his family)."

Casablancas is survived by family members including his famous son, Julian Casablancas, lead singer of the Strokes.