By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Legendary Chinatown photographer Corky Lee has died after battling COVID-19.

Lee was known as the unofficial photo laureate of the Asian-American community.

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Since the 1970s, Lee’s documentary photography highlighted the history, triumphs and struggles of Asian Americans.

His friends say Lee had been in the hospital since Jan. 7 and had to be intubated on Saturday when his condition took a turn for the worse.

Lee was 73 years old.

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