By CBSNewYork Team

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Artist Chuck Close has died.

He rose to prominence in the 1970s and ’80s with photorealist portraits of himself and other artists.

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Close died Thursday at a hospital in Oceanside on Long Island.

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A spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair, but he continued painting.

Several years ago, Close faced sexual harassment accusations.

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Close was 81 years old.

CBSNewYork Team