Dame Zaha Hadid has passed away at the age of 65, after suffering a heart attack. The architect’s designs include the London Olympic Aquatic Centre, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, the Riverside Museum at Glasgow's Museum of Transport, Guangzhou Opera House in China... and the Tokyo Olympic Stadium that will never be.
Dame Zaha, who was born in Baghdad, this year became the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal. “It is with great sadness that Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE, died suddenly in Miami in the early hours of this morning,” reads a statement issued by Dame Zaha’s company. “She had contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital. Zaha Hadid was widely regarded to be the greatest female architect in the world today.”
It’s been a dark day in the world of arts and entertainment. Earlier on, it was revealed that Ronnie Corbett had also passed away. [BBC]