Dame Zaha Hadid Dead: World-Renowned British Architect Dies Of A Heart Attack In Miami

31/03/2016 16:16 | Updated 31 March 2016
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Renowned international architect Zaha Hadid speaks to the media after a ground-breaking ceremony for her residential tower in Miami December 5, 2014

Architect Dame Zaha Hadid, known for designs such as the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games, died from a heart attack on Thursday. She was 65.

Born in Iraq, the British designer died in a hospital in Miami where she was being treated for bronchitis. 

The first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal, Hadid's building were commissioned around the globe and included the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, England and the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. She also worked on designs for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.

Hadid's company released a statement on Thursday afternoon. 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. 

Speaking after collecting her Gold Medal in February, Hadid noted the progress made by her industry on recognising women. 

"We now see more established female architects all the time," she said. 

"That doesn't mean it's easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense. There has been tremendous change over recent years and we will continue this progress."

Speaking to The Guardian, Lord Rogers, the architect of the Pompidou Centre and the Millennium Dome, described Hadid’s death as “really, really terrible.”

“She was a great architect, a wonderful woman and wonderful person,” he added. “Among architects emerging in the last few decades, no one had any more impact than she did. She fought her way through as a woman. She was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize. I got involved with her first in Cardiff when the government threw her off the project in the most disgraceful way. She has had to fight every inch of the way. It is a great loss.”

London Mayor Boris Johnson tweeted that the designer an "inspiration."

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    A visitor walks at the newly opened Galaxy Soho building, designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, in Beijing October 27, 2012. 
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    A view of the Maxxi Museum designed by architect Zaha Hadid during the presentation of 'Cinema al MAXXI' at Maxxi Museum on September 12, 2013 in Rome, Italy.
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    Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid poses for pictures outside her recently completed design for an extension of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London on September 25, 2013. 
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    A rendering model of the new National Stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.
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    New landmark Sky Soho designed by architectural designer Zaha Hadid is seen on November 3, 2014 in Shanghai, China. 
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    The Glasgow Riverside Museum Of Transport.
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    The Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, pictured in 2008.
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    The Heydar Aliyev Center is a building complex in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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    The London Aquatics Centre.
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    Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku.
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    Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
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