This is so sad. Celebrity photographer Matt Irwin, who shot everyone from Rita Ora to Nicki Minaj and was close friends with the One Direction boys, has passed away. He was just 36 years old.
It’s a heartbreaking day for several A-listers, as they mourn the loss of celeb photographer Matt Irwin, who was reported dead on May 6. Upon hearing the news of Matt’s sudden death, Rita Ora, Nicki Minaj, and several other celebrities he befriended during his tragically short life (he was only 36) shared touching tributes to the late photographer.
Although it’s still unclear how Matt died, he is gone far too soon. Throughout his career, Matt worked with some of the biggest names in the business. He captured stars like Nicki, Rita, Kylie Minogue, Cara Delevingne, and was friends with Miley Cyrus. He was also very close with the guys of One Direction, as he shot their famous Glamour cover with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in August 2013. He had shared several pictures with the boys as well as their hair stylist, Lou Teasdale.
Rita and Nicki were two of the first celebs to respond to the tragic news of Matt’s passing, sharing pics with Matt on Instagram along with heartfelt messages to him. “Matt Irwin, you were always smiling, I’m so lucky to off known you, and shooting so many fun things together. Rest in peace my friend, sending love and healing to the Irwin family,” Rita wrote in a caption of a sweet picture of herself and Matt with their heads leaning on each other. See some of the other tributes below:
I just don't want to believe he's gone. He literally took my pics 3 months ago after I specifically REQUESTED him!!! Always made me so happy on set. Always so loving & sweet & optimistic. This is so surreal. He was just so unbelievably TALENTED!!!! God bless his family. Rest in peace my love. #RIPMattIrwin
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The 1D guys have yet to post any messages to their friend, but Directioners have flooded social media with #RIPMattIrwin posts remembering the late photographer. Clearly Matt was a ray of sunshine in many stars’ lives, and we’re so sad to hear that his life was cut short. Our hearts are with Matt’s friends and family.
HollywoodLifers, send your thoughts to Matt’s loved ones during this difficult time.