Artist, adventurer, and celebrated wildlife photographer Peter Beard has been found dead in woods near his cliff-side home at the tip of Long Island nearly a month after his family reported him missing. He was 82. "He died where he lived: in nature,” his family said in a statement posted on Beard’s website Sunday night. In recent years, the once-swashbuckling explorer had developed dementia and had at least one stroke, according to the New York Times. His family confirmed that a body found Sunday in Camp Hero State Park in Montauk was Beard’s. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner hasn't made an official identification but East Hampton Police Capt. Christopher Anderson said Monday "we're reasonably confident" it's Beard.
Anderson said the cause of death hasn't been determined but neither foul play nor suicide is suspected, the AP reports. Peter defined what it means to be open: open to new ideas, new encounters, new people, new ways of living and being,” his family said in its statement. "Always insatiably curious, he pursued his passions without restraints and perceived reality through a unique lens.” Beard was renowned for his photos of African wildlife, taken in the decades when he lived and worked at his tent camp in Kenya. His best-known work was “The End of the Game," published in 1965. It documented the beauty and romance of Africa and the tragedy of its endangered wildlife, especially the elephant.
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