The Latest: Creator of rainbow flag died of heart disease

NEW YORK (AP) " The Latest on the death of Gilbert Baker, the creator of the rainbow flag (all times local):

6:25 p.m.

The New York City medical examiner's office says the creator of the gay-rights rainbow flag died of natural causes.

A spokeswoman for the office says Gilbert Baker's death was caused by hypertensive heart disease.

The 65-year-old Baker was found at his home on Friday.

The artist and gay-rights activist was best known for creating the rainbow flag in 1978.

Baker was born in Kansas and served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972.

He was stationed in San Francisco in the early days of the gay rights movement and continued to live there after his honorable discharge.

Baker's website says he taught himself to sew and began making banners for gay and anti-war marches.

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4 p.m.

The creator of the rainbow flag that has become a widely recognized symbol of gay rights has died at age 65.

Gilbert Baker's death was reported Friday to the New York City medical examiner's office. The cause wasn't known.

Baker was born in Kansas and served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972.

He was stationed in San Francisco in the early days of the gay rights movement and continued to live there after his honorable discharge.

Baker's website says he taught himself to sew and began making banners for gay and anti-war marches. He created the rainbow flag in 1978.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee said in a statement that the flag "has become a source of solace, comfort and pride for all those who look upon it."

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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