N.p. Reuter/UPI, 1987. Vintage wire machine photo print of Andy Warhol's "Campbell Soup Can with Peeling Label" (Vegetable Beef, 1962, photograph 1970), announcing Warhol's death that morning, February 22, 1987. Illegible stamp with annotations in holograph ink on verso.
Warhol died of complications during recovery from gallbladder surgery at New York Hospital on February 22, 1987. Warhol's potential risk from the surgery was not realized at the time, a re-evaluation of the case thirty years later found, given his family history of gallbladder problems, his previous gunshot wound, and his medical condition immediately prior to surgery. Official cause of death was "sudden post-operative cardiac arrhythmia." New York Hospital was sued for inadequate care by Warhol's family, settling out of court for an undisclosed sum in 1991.
"Campbell Soup Can with Peeling Label" (Vegetable Beef, 1962) was a Reuter/UPI file photograph from 1970, when the piece garnered a (then) record price at auction for a painting by a living American artist ($60,000), August 14, 1970, at Parke-Bernet Galleries.
8.5 x 11 inches. Very Good plus, evenly faded, with some edgewear.