French-American sculptor LOUISE BOURGEOIS has died at the age of 98.
The famed artist, best known for her giant spider sculptures, passed away in New York on Monday (31May10) after suffering a heart attack on Saturday night (29May10).
Her works were exhibited all over the world and her achievements were honoured when she was presented with America's National Medal of Arts in 1997. In 2008, French President Nicolas Sarkozy handed Bourgeois the French Legion of Honor medal.
The politician has paid tribute to Bourgeois following the sad news of her death, calling her "a very great artist" who "never stopped creating and renewing herself in her art."