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Sculptor Robert Graham dies at 70

Robert Graham and Angelica Huston
Robert Graham married Angelica Huston in 1992

Sculptor Robert Graham, whose bronze memorial statues can be seen across the US, has died aged 70.

Graham's work included statues of past presidents and jazz greats Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington.

"His work was truly influential and he will forever remain an icon in this state," said California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in a statement.

Graham, who was married to actress Angelica Huston, was recently inducted into California Museum's Hall of Fame.

Among one of his largest and most famous works was the design for the ceremonial gateway to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, which featured giant bronze torsos.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC
Graham designed Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington DC

He also created pieces at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, including a life-size figure of President Roosevelt in his wheelchair.

A memorial to boxer Joe Louis stands 24ft-high in Detroit in the shape of a fist and forearm suspended from a pyramid.

Graham was born in Mexico City in 1938 and was educated at San Jose State College and the San Francisco Art Institute.

Graham died at the Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center on 27 December, surrounded by his family, including Oscar winner Huston, who he married in 1992.

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