GQ Style Guy Glenn O'Brien dies at 70

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Glenn O'Brien attends Take Home A Nude Benefiting New York Academy Of Art at Sotheby's on October 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Writer/Photographer Glenn O'Brien attends 2016 Free Arts NYC Art Auction Benefit on April 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Writer Glenn O'Brien attends as Marc Jacobs & Benedikt Taschen celebrate NAOMI at The Diamond Horseshoe on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs International, LLC)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Glenn O'Brien attends 3rd Annual Turtle Ball at The Bowery Hotel on September 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Writer Glenn O'Brien attends the Threeasfour fashion show during New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 at Pier 59 on September 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Writer Glenn O'Brien attends the 'Only Lovers Left Alive' New York Screening at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema on April 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Glenn O'Brien attends the Siki Im fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Saatchi & Saatchi on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Glenn O'Brien attends the Siki Im fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Saatchi & Saatchi on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: (Exclusive Coverage) Writer Glenn O'Brien attends the GQ Men of the Year dinner on November 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for GQ)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: Glenn O'Brien poses for a photo during the GQ Style Issue private reception at The Huxley on December 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Original member of Andy Warhol's 'Factory' Glenn O'Brien attends David LaChapelle's opening of 'Still Life' at Paul Kasmin Gallery on November 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: GQ Contributor Glenn O'Brien attends the threeASFOUR show during Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Hole Gallery on September 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Steven A Henry/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Writer Glenn O'Brien attends Bergdorf Goodman after party for special screening of 'Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf?s' in celebration of their 111th Anniversary on September 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bergdorf Goodman)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Glenn O'Brien attends the screening of 'Scatter My Ashes,' at Bergdorfs to celebtrate Bergdorf Goodman's 111th Anniversary at Paris Theater on September 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Glenn O'Brien attends an evening of art, fragrance, music and emotion for the unveiling of DKNY Be Delicious 'INTENSE' hosted by Veronique Gabai-Pinsky and Beatrice Dupire on September 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Glenn O'Brien poses with a copy of his book at the 'How to be a man: A Guide to Style and Behavior for the Modern Gentleman' private reception at Neyla on July 14, 2011 in Washington, United States. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
WASHINGTON - JULY 14: Glenn O'Brien attends the 'How to be a man: A Guide to Style and Behavior for the Modern Gentleman' private reception at Neyla on July 14, 2011 in Washington, United States. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 22: Glenn O'Brien attends VILLAGE GREEN and INTERVIEW Co-Host the Opening of 'Green Light Go' at Gallery 151 on April 22, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 15: Glenn O'Brien attends Established & Sons Dinner at The Monkey Club on May 15, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by JONATHON ZIEGLER/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - JANUARY 22: Glenn O'Brien attends MILK GALLERY and The Photographers? Gallery Presents Photography Project In New York: Photos by MIKE FIGGIS at Milk Studios on January 22, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by NEIL RASMUS/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 5: Glenn O'Brien attends TOMMY HILFIGER & VANITY FAIR Party to Benefit FREE ARTS NYC at The Raleigh Hotel on December 5, 2008 in Miami Beach, FL. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 17: Glenn O'Brien attends the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the NY State Armory on February 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Glenn O'Brien attends The NEW YORK TIMES & BERGDORF GOODMAN Celebrate a Photography Retrospective by BILL CUNNINGHAM at Bergdorf Goodman on September 10, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by CLINT SPAULDING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - SEPTEMBER 9: Glenn O'Brien attends MAX AZRIA Spring 2009 Fashion Show at The Tent on September 9, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by CHANCE YEH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - SEPTEMBER 4: Glenn O'Brien attends INTERVIEW Party to Celebrate 'A New Look' at The Standard on September 4, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 12: Glenn O'Brien attends INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY's 24th Annual INFINITY AWARDS at Pier 60 on May 12, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Glenn O'Brien attends The 12th Annual ARTWALK NY Honoring Julian Schnabel at Puck Building on November 29, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - SEPTEMBER 6: Glenn O'Brien attends Restoration of the Monarchy and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld host Purple Fashion Magazine Dinner at Freemans on September 6, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by A SCOTT/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Glenn O'Brien and John Giorno at the Andy Warhol Memorial Tribute at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel. April 1, 1987. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 15: Glenn O'Brien and Madonna attend the book party for Madonna 'Sex' on October 15, 1992 at Industria Superstudio in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Glenn O'Brien, the prolific New York-based fashion and culture writer as well as GQ magazine's longtime "Style Guy," has died at 70. He had been battling a serious illness for years, reports ArtNews.

O'Brien's longtime friend, Jerry Salt, broke the news in a touching Facebook post Friday morning, and GQ also confirmed the news on Twitter.

Throughout his decorated career in fashion journalism, O'Brien worked with such high-profile figures as Andy Warhol as the first editor of the artist's Interview magazine from 1971-1974, as well as Jean-Michael Basquiat, who starred in a short film for which O'Brien wrote the screenplay.

O'Brien's "Style Guy" column ran in GQ for 15 years, even becoming a book in 2000, until his contract was up in June 2015. Following his departure, O'Brien slammed GQ editors in an interview with Four Pins for the way the men's style magazine had been handling its business matters.

In addition to his time as a columnist, O'Brien also wrote for Details, co-wrote Madonna's Sex book and served as the creative director of Barneys New York. In November 2015, O'Brien joinedMaxim as editor-at-large, replacing Kate Lanphear.

Recently, he had been hosting an interview show for WME/IMG's M2M Apple TV network, titled "Tea at the Beatrice," during which he chatted with style influencers including artist Richard Prince, director Baz Luhrmann and model Gisele Bunchen at New York's Beatrice Inn.

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