Artist Cecil Cooper has died

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cooper-cecil.jpgRenowned artist, musician and art educator Cecil Harvey Cooper died this morning. He was 70.

His passing comes just over a week after he was conferred with Jamaica's fifth highest honour, the Order of Distinction (Commander Class), at a special investiture ceremony at King's House.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, who presented Cooper with the award, said it represented "service rendered that enhanced the quality of life and demonstrated significant contributions to Jamaica".

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said Cooper's "intellectual leadership and artistic integrity have given instrumental foundation" to his many students.