Famed celebrity photographer Terry O’Neill dead after prostate cancer battle aged 81

Terry O’Neill has passed away (Picture: Getty Images)

Famed celebrity photographer Terry O’Neill died this morning after a battle with prostate cancer aged 81.

The star photographer made a career for himself behind the lens, snapping the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Liza Minelli and Judy Garland died on Sunday morning, as confirmed by a family spokesperson.

He passed at home following a long battle with prostate cancer, according to a spokeswoman for Iconic Images.

Speaking to Mirror Online, they said: ‘It is with a heavy heart that Iconic Images announces the passing of Terence ‘Terry’ O’Neill, CBE.

‘Terry was a class act, quick-witted and filled with charm. Anyone who was lucky enough to know or work with him can attest to his generosity and modesty.

‘As one of the most iconic photographers of the last 60 years, his legendary pictures will forever remain imprinted in our memories as well as in our hearts and minds.’

Throughout his successul career, Terry had photographed some of the world’s best-known faces, including Sir Elton John, and members of the British royal family.

Some of his most famous images include a series of snaps of actress Faye Dunaway – whom he was married to from 1983 to 1987 – which were taken at dawn in 1977, and see her lounging next to the swimming pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel the morning after winning the Academy Award for best actress for Network.

Terry had been battling illness and was last seen in October, when he received his CBE for services to photography from Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, during a visit to Buckingham Palace.

While at the palace, Terry spoke fondly of the royal family, and particularly praised William’s wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, for her own love of photography.

He said at the time: ‘She’s a very good photographer. She will keep it in the family.’

The iconic photographer, who is survived by his three children and wife Laraine Ashton, reflected on his decades in the industry, noting that his CBE honour ‘surpasses anything’ he’d ever achieved.

He explained: ‘It heightened the whole thing. It surpasses anything I’ve had happen to me in my life.’

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