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Publicist: Artist LeRoy Neiman dies in NY at 91

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By Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Painter and sketch artist LeRoy Neiman has died in New York at age 91.

He was best known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes. He was a contributing artist at Playboy magazine for many years and was the official painter of five Olympiads.

His longtime publicist Gail Parenteau says he died Wednesday. She hasn't disclosed the cause of his death.

Neiman was a media-savvy artist who knew how to enthrall audiences with his instant renditions of what he observed. In 1972, he sketched the world chess tournament between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer in Iceland for a live television audience.

He also produced live drawings of the Olympics for TV and was the official computer artist of the Super Bowl for CBS.