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Famous Louisiana artist George Rodrigue passes away at 69

Photo by Kathleen DesHotel, NOLA.com Photo by Kathleen DesHotel, NOLA.com

New Orleans -- Louisiana artist, George Rodrigue, known for his famous 'Blue Dog' paintings, has passed away at the age of 69. According to a release from his family, Rodrigue has been battling cancer and passed, Saturday, in a Houston, TX hospital. The family asks for privacy during this difficult time and additional details on his passing will be released on Monday December 16, 2013.

The following is a statement from Rodrigue's family: 

We are heartbroken to share the news that George Rodrigue has passed away after a long battle with cancer. George was our loving husband, father and friend.

George Rodrigue was also a gifted artist who set out to paint Louisiana as he knew it by visually interpreting the landscape and the rich history of the Cajun people.  Later in his career his Blue Dog paintings captured hearts and minds around the world. 

He was not only a painter, but also a true community leader in his native Louisiana and second home of Carmel, California. George remained an advocate of the arts and arts-education throughout his life and dedicated himself to inspiring the next generation of artists and educators through his foundation, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. 

While we mourn the loss of a great man, we also celebrate his rich life and legacy. George will remain a presence in the hearts of the people who got to know him and his work will continue to inspire for generations to come.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal released the following statement Saturday night following Rodrigue's passing: 

Governor Jindal said, "Supriya and I were saddened to learn of the passing this evening of a friend and one of Louisiana's favorite sons, George Rodrigue. His work as an artist is iconic and uniquely Louisiana. George's Blue Dog not only became symbolic of his work, but it became a symbol for Louisiana. This earned him the ability to paint the likes of world leaders including Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton."
"His work made him an ambassador for our state and a renowned artist, but he never forgot his Louisiana roots. Indeed, there are countless stories and examples of his charity work to help the people of Louisiana. Without question, his paintings will live on, but his legacy will be much more than paint on a canvas," said Governor Jindal.


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