to me, he was one of the last of the classic designers who dressed a woman with such beautiful and absolute femininity. I remember thinking a few years ago that it would be a sad day when we lost him. here is more information from CNN
Apparently he had been ill and he did appoint Petter Copping as Creative Director before his death.
Click through his recent beautiful resort 2015 collection at Vogue.com
What a Gentleman! He will be missed.