Terry O'Neill, the photographer whose iconic pictures of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jean Shrimpton helped to define the 1960s, has died. He was 81 and had been suffering from prostate cancer. 

The Londoner passed away at home on Saturday.

His death was announced by a spokesman for Iconic Images, which represents the photographer's archive.

"It is with a heavy heart that Iconic Images announces the passing of Terence "Terry" O'Neill, CBE," said the spokesman.

"Terry was a class act, quick witted and filled with charm.

"Anyone who was lucky enough to know or work with him can attest to his generosity and modesty.

"As one of the most iconic photographers of the last 60 years, his legendary pictures will forever remain imprinted in our memories as well as in our hearts and minds."

One of the world's most collected photographers, O'Neill's work included photographs of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Muhammad Ali, Brigitte Bardot, David Bowie, Audrey Hepburn, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Pele, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Elizabeth Taylor and U2. 

O'Neill visited Cork in January 2013, his father was from Blarney Street and the city gave him a civic reception to mark his visit.

Watch the RTÉ report about the visit below.

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