Princess Diana’s personal photographer Patrick Demarchelier dead at 78

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Iconic fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier died on Thursday at age 78.

The news was announced on Instagram, with a message reading: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Patrick Demarchelier… at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife Mia, his three sons Gustaf, Arthur, Victor and three grandchildren.”

Sources told Page Six that he passed away on the island of St Barts. His cause of death has not yet been revealed.

During his career, Demarchelier worked at Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and became Princess Diana’s personal photographer.

The Frenchman was also the first non-British lensman to be asked to photograph the royal family, and shot famous subjects including Madonna, Gisele Bündchen, Hillary Clinton, Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss and many more.

On Thursday, Demarchelier was remembered on social media by fashion pros including Bella Hadid, who wrote via Instagram, “I am grateful to have been lucky enough to be in front of your lens. Most gentle, most legendary, soft but full of life. You will be missed Patrick. Rest In Peace.”

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