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New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, a beloved figure in the fashion business, has suffered a stroke, Page Six first reported on Thursday morning.
"Bill Cunningham is in the hospital recovering from what appears to have been a stroke. Bill's family and senior editors from The Times have been in regular contact with him. We believe that his recovery will be quick,” a rep for the New York Times said in a statement to Racked.
Cunningham, 87, is a mainstay at society events and fashion shows, as well as on the streets of New York, where he prowls around documenting style trends. He’s not hard to spot: look for a shock of white hair and his signature cobalt blue workman’s jacket.
With the advent of online videos, the New York Times turned his photo essays into charming narrated segments. In 2010, Cunningham was the subject of a documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, which took a rare look inside his personal life.
With luck, Cunningham’s recovery will be a fast one. New York needs him back on the streets.