Born in London, McLaren dropped out of art school before pursuing fashion design.
McLaren added music manager to his resume when he moved to New York City and managed glam rock band The New York Dolls in the 1970s.
In 1971, McLaren and his then-girlfriend fashion designer Vivienne Westwood opened a London clothing boutique which went through various name changes like "Sex" and "World's End" and "Seditionaries."
A few years later, he would go on to manage British punk rock band The Sex Pistols whose hits include "Anarchy in the U.K." and "God save the Queen."
Mclaren orchestrated some of the band's notourious antics such as signing a record contract outside of Buckingham Palace and arranged a private boat concert along the Thames River but was immediately cancelled by police, reported the New York Times.
Aside from fashion and music, McLaren also dabbled in journalism, filmmaking, and released some of his own music as a solo artist ranging in pop, electronic, and opera genres.
McLaren is survived by Corre and his longtime partner Young Kim.