British sculptor Sir Anthony Caro has died at the age of 89.

The artist's family confirm he passed away after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday (23Oct13).

Caro abandoned his figurative work and started making large, modernist sculptures after working as an assistant to Henry Moore in the 1950s.

Widely regarded as the greatest british sculptor of his generation, he was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Cbe) in 1969 and was awarded a Knighthood in 1987 and an Order Of Merit (Om) in 2000. He won a number of artistic prizes during his career including 2008's Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture, a $15,000 (£10,000) prize for 'an outstanding piece of sculpture'.

Caro had vowed to keep working until he was aged 100 and unveiled his latest exhibition at London's Gagosian Gallery in June (13).