Modeikon Andre Leon Talley has died at the age of 73 ... TMZ has learned.
A source with direct knowledge tells us that Vogue's former creative director and one-time editor died Tuesday at a hospital in White Plains, NY. It is currently unclear exactly what he was struggling with at the hospital.
Talley was instrumental in Vogue's vision and direction in the '80s and' 90s as he worked his way up the ranks of the magazine to eventually become news director - which he headed from '83 to '87 - and then rose to Vogue's creative director. in '88.
He held that position for well over 7 years or so, and before long ... he headed Vogue as EAL - with a short break in between - until 2013, when he left the company. Even after his official departure, however, he continued to contribute to Vogue in various capacities ... including podcast appearances.
EVERYTHING is perhaps best remembered as a pioneer in the fashion world - not only for his stylish flair, but for his push to include more POC on the runway ... specifically black models.
His work and career speak for themselves ... and so has his consulting work elsewhere, including being a stylist for Obama at one point during Barack's presidency and even serving as a judge on 'America's Next Top Model' ... among many others notable achievements, such as his 'SATC' cameo and frequent Wendy Williams chats.
He has worked side by side with Anna Wintour - Vogue's editor-in-chief - for decades ... and is considered one of the first mainstream African-American flavor producers in the United States. Others were also an LGBT icon ... though he never specifically said he was gay, but more fluid than anything else in his sexuality.
The last time we got him out was in 2017, where he dished up Rihanna, fashion ... and Trump. It was a highlight Second moment, with his great personality on full screen in front of the cameras.