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Designer Karl Lagerfeld has died: Chanel

French media is reporting that the designer has died at the age of 85.

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld at an exhibition in Paris. Picture: AFP

PARIS - German haute-couture designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director at Chanel and an icon of the global fashion industry for over half a century, has died, a source at the French fashion house Chanel said on Tuesday. He was 85.

Lagerfeld, instantly recognisable in his dark suits, pony-tailed white hair and tinted sun glasses, was best known for his association with Chanel but simultaneously delivered collections for LVMH’s Fendi and his own eponymous label.

French celebrity online magazine Purepeople said Lagerfeld died on Tuesday morning after being rushed to a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine just outside Paris the night before.

A spokesperson for Chanel was not immediately available for comment.

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