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Australian artist Martin Sharp dies

Dec 02, 2013 | 5:04am EST

Acclaimed Australian artist Martin Sharp has died at the age of 71. He passed away at his home in Sydney on Sunday night (01Dec13) after a long battle with emphysema. No more details were available as WENN went to press. Sharp rose to fame as a cartoonist in the 1960s, founding the controversial Oz magazine, and he went on to make his name in the psychedelic era of the 1960s, creating portraits of stars including Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan. He spent much of the 1960s living in London, and he became involved in the music industry through his friend Eric Clapton, co-writing the lyrics to Cream classic Tales of Brave Ulysses. He also designed cover art for the band's albums Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire. Sharp's achievements also include designing the iconic clown's face entrance at Sydney's Luna Park.

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