Photographer at RFK assassination dies in Conn.

October 3, 2013 • Entertainment

This June 1968 photo taken by Bill Eppridge and released courtesy of Monroe Gallery shows presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy campaigning in the Watts section of Los Angeles. Photojournalist Bill Eppridge, whose legendary career included capturing images of a mortally wounded Robert Kennedy, the Beatles and the civil rights movement, died, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 in Danbury, Conn., after a brief illness. He was 75. (AP Photo/Monroe Gallery, Bill Eppridge)

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) [auth] — Photojournalist Bill Eppridge, whose career included capturing images of a mortally wounded Robert F. Kennedy, has died at age 75.

He died Thursday at a Danbury hospital after a brief illness, said his wife, Adrienne Aurichio.

Eppridge was at the scene on June 5, 1968, when Kennedy, then a U.S. senator who had just won California’s Democratic presidential primary, had addressed campaign supporters at a Los Angeles hotel and was walking through its kitchen. He took some of the most well-known images after Kennedy was shot. One of those images, published in Life magazine, showed Kennedy lying on the floor in a pool of his blood, a hotel employee kneeling next to him.

Eppridge’s career also included stints working for high-profile magazines such as Sports Illustrated and National Geographic. He photographed a wide range of subjects, including the Beatles, young people in what was then the Soviet Union, the Olympics, wars and Woodstock.

Eppridge, who lived in Connecticut, always had a camera with him, Aurichio said.

“He was a photojournalist to the end,” she said.

A book of Eppridge photographs of the Fab Four, “The Beatles: Six Days That Changed the World. February, 1964,” is coming out early next year, Aurichio said.

Eppridge’s funeral will be private, with a memorial service to follow, she said.

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