Publicist: Artist LeRoy Neiman dies in NY at 91

Publicist: Artist LeRoy Neiman dies in NY at 91

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NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: LeRoy Neiman attends the premiere of "My One And Only" at the Paris Theatre on August 18, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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by WHAS11/AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 8:17 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Painter and sketch artist LeRoy Neiman has died in New York at age 91.

He was best known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes. He was a contributing artist at Playboy magazine for many years and was the official painter of five Olympiads.

His longtime publicist Gail Parenteau says he died Wednesday. She hasn't disclosed the cause of his death.

Neiman was also known for setting up his easel in the paddock of Churchill Downs for many years. His paintings of the track became the covers of Oaks and Derby tickets.

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