Floyd Cooper, the author and illustrator of children’s books whose work spotlighted Black history, died after a battle with cancer, the Associated Press reports. He was 65.
Cooper’s editor, Patricia Lee Gauch, told Publishers Weekly that Cooper “chose stories that honored and celebrated the individual.”
“A beloved friend, Floyd was not only an artist and author, he was a man of character, and he brought that unfailingly to his art and work,” Gauch said.
Cooper was remembered by admirers on social media. On Twitter, Nikki Grimes wrote, “I will be weeping off and on all day, without apology. Floyd Cooper has passed away. His depth of talent was greater than he knew. I feel so blessed to have worked with him, and to have called him friend. It's impossible to calculate how much he will be missed.”