This year feels like a year of unrelenting, diverse, impactful deaths already — now, Vogue icon André Leon Talley has died, age 73.

He reportedly died in a White Plains, New York, hospital after battling an unknown ailment. Born October 16, 1948, in D.C., he was raised by his grandma, a cleaning lady.

She reportedly instilled in him the value of luxury, and his discovery of Vogue at his local library left a huge imprint upon the child who, as an adult, identified as sexually fluid.