Killer Kane's Wife Blasts Mormons For Ruining His Last Wishes

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New York Dolls founder ARTHUR 'KILLER' KANE's remains had to be cremated because Mormon officials refused to release his body to his estranged wife before they started decomposing.

Barbara Kane wanted to honour her late husband's wishes and bury him next to former Dolls stars Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan in Mount St Mary's cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, but Mormon elders refused to let her get close to the body.

Kane's bitter widow insists she wasn't even told her husband, a Mormon convert, was ill by his lawyer until just before Kane lost his battle with leukaemia last year (04), ironically a month after the New York Dolls reunion show in London.

And when she came to collect her husband's belongings and his body, the Mormons refused her access - because they didn't recognise her as his wife.

She recalls, "As far as they were concerned, everything that Arthur had belonged to the Mormon Church... They said nothing belonged to me.

"They even prevented me from actually accessing my husband's body out of the county morgue... All I wanted to do was kiss him goodbye but they prevented me from doing that."

Eventually, the body was released to Kane - but she couldn't bury her husband because his remains were so decomposed.

She adds, "The mortician said, 'We're very sorry Mrs Kane but we can't take your husband back east. He's too badly decomposed.' They poured embalming fluid over him and wrapped him in a piece of plastic and that was it. He laid there over a month! They said the only thing they could do with him was to cremate him.

"He died on 13 July and they finally accessed his body a month later (15AUG05)."

Kane now keeps her late husband's ashes in an urn at her home in California, while she decides what to do with them.


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funny as hell..... The LDS church wouldn't interfere in Kanes last wishes. PERIOD It sounds MORE probable that Kanes LAST WISHES didn't include his wife's WISHES.....Some Research shows they are DIVORCED and Kane claimed many times that she was not a part of his life any longer. The Mormon Church doesn't take charge of any personal possession of ANYONE. And THAT is a fact. Sounds like just another HOLE/Nirvana story where you have a Crackedout Beotch claiming she knows what is best for a dead man.... Everyone reacts to the "moment" only to find out later the Crackedout Beotch really was a Crackedout Beotch....

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howdy girl:yeah...you are crazy. Barbara Kane is my grandmother, say anything about her or arthur who was like a grandfather me and it isn't going to be pretty. if u were a close friend of arthur's then you would have known that he love my grandma very much and that they were great friends even though they split up after being married. ethier you are bulls**tting everything you wrote or you have short term memory loss.....my grandmother is a good woman who loved arthur very much and i loved him to...i don't want to hear anymore about how she is estranged and a fraud....got it?
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To everyone, Stop it. You are all coming off as blubbering fools. If any of you are legit, which I doubt extremely, then you would know that this is not what Arthur would want.Each of you....get a life and move on.
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The Mormon Church never takes "custody" of any dead body. The church does not take any person's assets. It does accept cash donations. With this type of reporting, you're not going to by the New York Times.
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Hey Girlhowdy... You've got some things wrong. First, I've known Barbara for 13 years and, at the time of his death, I had known Arthur for 11 of them. I'm not at all sure who you are, but if you were as close to the Kanes, as you represent, then you well know that although they stopped living as a married couple years ago, they continued a close business AND personal relationship, until the time of Arthur's death. In regards to the Morman Church, they did indeed prevent Barbara from obtaining Arthur's remains as they did not recognize their (never legally disolved) marriage and therefore contested her right to acess them. As I said before, I'm not at all sure WHO you are but your story is full of holes. For instance, Arthur's 'book' was not completed before his demise. It consisted of disjointed 'journal' type writings. As far as you being a 'close' friend to Arthur, well, all I can say to that is; where were you when Arthur needed help moving, needed a ride, needed to vent about his extremely complicated life? Arthur had few true, close friends who would probably take exception to your statements. As for contacting Barbara about the burial of Arthur's ashes...she says she has no idea what you're talking about. In closing, let me offer to clear the air. As well as being a personal friend to both Barbara and Arthur, I am a paralegal in the law firm that represents the Kane estate. So, do, feel free to contact me at: The Law Offices of Robert E. Canny, Esq. (213) 401 3996 at your earliest convenience.
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hey next time you put news on make sure that you have proof....for one thing his wife is LDS (mormon if you didnt know) the LDS church would never do anything and like on said where was the the lady when her husband died....I think you should check your sources...oh yea and I am reporting you to the LDS church...this wont look good beleive me....this is going to cause you alot of trouble...
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to howdygirl I am a personal friend of Barbara and Arthur and I think your side of the story is tainted with a little dislike. Any how If you will contact me at cantbuyclass@yahoo.com I will try to help Arthur Barbara and you to place Arthur where he would like to be and make everyone happy. Please Barbara is a good person and dose not deserve to be blasted in this mannor thanks
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I don't think you have anything to fear from the Mormon church, but I would have to agree this story is absurd. The Mormon church would have had no say over how Arthur Kane's(may he rest in peace) remains would have been handled. I will pass no judgement on Mrs. Kane but to say I am certain that if Arthur's wishes would have been to be buried next to his friends and the money to do that had been available that the Mormon church (which, by the way, does not consider cremation as the preferred form of internment) would never have objected to his estranged widow making and carrying out those arrangements.
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