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.READ MORE: 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' Wins Big As Broadway Celebrates The 74th Annual Tony Awards
Close died Thursday at a hospital in Oceanside on Long Island.READ MORE: Police Seize 7 Vans Allegedly Used As Airbnb Rentals In Manhattan
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.MORE NEWS: Woman Accused Of Telling Black Couple At Brooklyn Dog Park, 'Stay In Your Hood'
Close was 81 years old.