The world renowned Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Hadid has died at the age of 65.
She had contracted bronchitis and suffered a heart attack while being treated in hospital in Miami. Her celebrated designs include the London Aquatics Centre used in the 2012 summer Olympics.
“It is with great sadness that Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that Dame Zaha Hadid died suddenly in Miami in the early hours of this morning,” her company said in a statement.
“She had contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital.”
Her projects also include the MAXXI museum in Rome, the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, and a condominium along Manhattan’s High Line park.
London Mayor Boris Johnson paid tribute saying: “So sad to hear of death of Zaha Hadid, she was an inspiration and her legacy lives on in wonderful buildings in Stratford & around the world.”