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Bunny Yeager, born Linnea Eleanor Yeager, died at the age of 85 on Saturday, May 24 due to the effects of a chronic heart condition.
The model turned photographer was known for redefining the way Americans viewed sex, beauty and independent women, according to E! News. Yeager was also known for making Bettie Page, an iconic pin-up girl, famous as Yeager began taking photos of her 60 years ago.
Yeager died at a North Miami hospice, where she had been staying for a week before she passed away, her agent, Ed Christin confirmed to the Associated Press.
A new coffeetable book, Bettie Page: Queens of Curves will be published by Rizzoli next month, notes the Sun Sentinel. Two days before she was hospitalized, she finished a photo shoot with 2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair for a June exhibit in Las Vegas.
“At the hospital, she was talking about her next shoot. She was excited, full of plans,” Christin said. “This time she just didn’t bounce back.”
Yeager was surrounded by family and friends when she passed away, including her two daughters, Lisa Irwin Packard and Cherilu Irwin DuVal. A public ceremony to honor the famous photographer will be held in the near future.