New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham passed last Saturday after he was hospitalized for a stroke.
Cunningham famously rode his bicycle all around New York for street photography and to his shooting gigs. He even has his own tag here at Cyclelicious.
The Washington Post‘s nice obit mentions Cunningham’s dislike of his celebrity status. The New York Times obituary for Cunningham covers his 30 bicycles, his working man’s apparel, and his iconic status as a living landmark.
The documentary about Cunningham and his work, “Bill Cunningham New York,” is available to watch on Amazon Video and is included for those with Amazon Prime membership.
Cunninghas was 87. H/T to Elisa.
The long-lived authoritarian architect of Singapore’s independence and prosperity, Lee Kuan Yew, reportedly biked to his college classes at Fitzwilliam House at the University of Cambridge after World War II.
Leonard Nimoy rode a bicycle.
Tom Magliozzi of “Car Talk” fame says he either rode a bicycle or used public transportation to get around his fair city.
Olympic medalist and confessed doper Philippe Gaumont passed today at age 40 after three weeks in a coma.
The former road cycling pro suffered a heart attack on April 23 and never recovered.
The Frenchman became pro in 1994. In 1996, he tested positive for anabolic steroids twice. During his time with Cofidis after 1997, he tested positive for amphetamines and again for steroids. In 2004, he confessed to widespread drug use in the pro peloton, implicating his teammate David Millar. He wrote a tell-all book, Prisonnier du dopage, in which he explains in detail how cyclists cheat drug tests.
Gaumont retired from professional racing in 2004 and became the owner of a bar. He leaves behind a wife and three children.
Details at VeloNation: Reports: 1997 Gent-Wevelgem winner Gaumont passes away in France. H/T to Bike Hugger.
Al Fritz, creator of Schwinn’s iconic Sting-Ray bicycle, passed at age 88.
Full obit in the LA Times: Al Fritz dies at 88; Schwinn exec developed the Sting-Ray bike. H/T to Mike Norri.