London Aquatics Centre architect Dame Zaha Hadid dies
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Dame Zaha Hadid, who designed the London Aquatics Centre, has died aged 65.
The architect’s company has said she passed away following a heart attack.
In a statement it said: “It is with great sadness that Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE died suddenly in Miami in the early hours of this morning.
“She had contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital.”
Among those paying tribute was the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
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He tweeted: “So sad to hear of death of Zaha Hadid, she was an inspiration and her legacy lives on in wonderful buildings in Stratford & around the world.”
Dragons’ Den star Kelly Hoppen also paid tribute to the architect, tweeting: “Deeply saddened by the news of Zaha Hadid’s death. She was an iconic architect who pushed the boundaries to another level.”
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Speaking to the Recorder in 2014, Dame Zaha explained the importance of the Olympic legacy.
She said: “I think that these projects are important because I think that, especially for kids or for the people in London, you need something in your proximity to enjoy and also to show that it’s a nice place.
“There’s no line between who can use [the centre] and not. It is for the public and I think it is a great building.”