The celebrated wildlife photographer, who had developed dementia in recent years, was found dead in woods near his home on Sunday.
Stars are paying tribute to "visionary artist" Peter Beard who was found dead in woods near his cliff-side home on Sunday.
The celebrated wildlife photographer, who had developed dementia in recent years and had at least one stroke, was 82.
His body was discovered by a hunter in a remote wooded area of a state park in Long Island, east of New York City, weeks after his family reported him missing on 31 March.
"He died where he lived: in nature," his family said in a statement posted on Beard's website on Sunday night.
The cause of death has not been determined but neither foul play nor suicide is suspected.
Beard was renowned for his daring photos of African wildlife during the decades he lived there, and his journals that have often integrated his photographs have been widely shown and published since the 1960s.
His best-known work was The End of Game published in 1965, which documented the beauty and romance of Africa and the tragedy of its endangered wildlife, in particular the elephant.