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Gilbert Baker, the man who created the iconic rainbow flag, has died.

Baker was approached in 1978 by San Francisco activist Harvey Milk to create something that would symbolize the LGBT community.

He had taught himself how to sew and created flags and banners for marches and protests and came up with the rainbow flag design.

AIDS Memorial Quilt founder Cleve Jones tweeted the news on Friday afternoon saying:

” My dearest friend in the world is gone. Gilbert gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me forty years of love and friendship.”

Gilbert Baker

Details about his death are unknown at this time, but friends say the 65-year-old died in his sleep.

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