George Rodrigue | 'Blue Dog' artist, 69
Mr. Rodrigue, a native of southwest Louisiana, began painting scenes of life in Cajun country in the 1960s but is perhaps best known for the "Blue Dog" that became his signature creation in the 1990s.
In a statement, former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, whose family has known the Rodrigues for decades, says "Louisiana lost a magnificent artist who loved and chronicled the lives of our people." - AP