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Warhol muse Taylor Mead dies

Andy Warhol's actor muse Taylor Mead has died at the age of 88.

He passed away on Wednesday after suffering a stroke while visiting relatives in Denver, Colorado, according to his niece, Priscilla.

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Born in Michigan, Mead launched his screen career after moving to New York and became a fixture on the underground film scene in the 1960s.

His early roles included appearances in Ron Rice's art house classic "The Flower Thief" and "The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man" in 1963, and he became famed for his work with Warhol on projects like "Tarzan and Jane Regained... Sort Of", and "Lonesome Cowboys."

Mead, who was openly gay, also featured in "Babo 73," directed by Robert Downey Sr., father of the "Iron Man" star, and in 2003 made a cameo in indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes."

He later turned his attention to his poetry and would regularly stage readings in Manhattan's Lower East Side neighborhood, while he became the subject of "Excavating Taylor Mead," a 2005 documentary by William A. Kirkley, which followed the aging artist as he tried to maintain his carefree lifestyle.

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