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Andy Warhol's 'father figure' dies aged 85

29th December 2010

John Warhola, an older brother of the pop artist Andy Warhol, has died at the age of 85.

His son Donald revealed that Warhola died on Christmas Eve at a hospital in his native Pittsburgh after suffering from pneumonia.

Warhola, who helped to raise Warhol after their father's death in 1942, was one of three founding members of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and served as the organisation's vice-president for two decades.

The foundation went on to establish the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh seven years after the artist died from complications of gall bladder surgery.

In addition to the artist's trademark self-portraits, the museum holds a number of his earlier works - including student pieces from his time at Carnegie Tech and commercial art from when he first went to live in New York.

Speaking about his father to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Donald Warhola commented: 'He was proud to be the vice-president of the foundation and he really took on the role of historian.'

He also claimed that Warhol viewed his brother as a 'father figure', after Warhola ensured the artist attended university.
 

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