Andy Warhol protege Rene Ricard loses cancer battle

Andy Warhol’s one-time protege, poet and critic Rene Ricard, has died at the age of 67. He lost his battle with cancer at Bellevue Hospital in New York City on Saturday (01Feb14).
Moving from Massachusetts to the Big Apple in the 1960s, Ricard began mixing in the glamorous literary and art circles, eventually becoming a close friend and collaborator of legendary pop artist Warhol.
He appeared in several of the artist’s movies, including 1965’s Kitchen and Chelsea Girls in 1966.
Ricard became respected in the art world after helping to launch the career of painter Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and he became a prominent critic.
Ricard was also a published poet, releasing the first of many tomes in 1979.
He lived with his partner, artist Rita Barros, for four decades in New York City’s iconic Hotel Chelsea.