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Celebrities and fashion industry insiders are paying their respects to Dame Vivienne Westwood, the late English designer and activist who died on Thursday. She was 81 years old.

According to a statement issued on Instagram by the company, Westwood died peacefully in Clapham, South London, surrounded by friends and family. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

“Up to the very last minute, Vivienne kept doing what she loved: designing, creating art, writing a book, and helping the world. She led an extraordinary life. Her impact to creation and society over the last 60 years has been significant and will be remembered.”