The great-granddaughter of legendary composer Richard Wagner has died at the age of 71.

Iris Wagner passed away on Thursday (09Jan14) in Berlin, Germany, following a long illness.

She was the daughter of Wieland Wagner, who worked with his brother to lead the Bayreuth Festival, which was dedicated to Richard's works.

Iris sat on on the board of trustees for the Richard Wagner Foundation, which controls his estate, and also worked as a painter, photographer, filmmaker and translator.