British abstract painter Sir Howard Hodgkin was 84 years old as he passed away in London hospital. The artist – who many considered to be the great British painter alive – won the second-ever Turner Prize in 1985, and was knighted in 1992. He was also made a Companion of Honour in 2002, after 40 years of successful career in arts. The artist was suffering from depression and even tried to commit suicide in late 60s. He never hid being gay although the prejudice of that time forced him to marry a woman and to have children, but then he decided to open the doors to his real self and to stop pretending. . Hodgkin leaves behind his children and partner of three decades, music writer Antony Peattie. He carried on painting prolifically almost up to his death, and his work will be displayed at major exhibitions for a while to come. Last year he revealed 24 new paintings at New York’s Gagosian Gallery and made a print for publication in a book about Lord Byron. Two exhibitions of his creations are set to open in Britain in the coming months. Hodgkin’s works are still shown in major galleries and museums around the globe, including the Tate, the British Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.