Hollywood icon Raquel Welch dies aged 82

Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch has died. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Actress Raquel Welch has died at the age of 82.

On Wednesday, editors at TMZ reported that the Hollywood icon had passed away following a "brief illness".

No further details were available.

Born Jo Raquel Tejada in Chicago, Illinois, Welch made her first featured appearance in 1965's A Swingin' Summer, and a short time later, starred in One Million Years B.C.

With her costume comprised of just a deerskin bikini, the 1966 film catapulted her to international fame and cemented her status as a pin-up girl and sex symbol.

Welch went on to appear in 1967's Bedazzled, 1970's Myra Breckinridge, and 1971's Hannie Caulder.

She won a Golden Globe for her performance in 1974's The Three Musketeers and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the mid-1990s.

Most recently, Welch had a part in 2017's How to Be a Latin Lover.

She was married four times and is survived by two children; son Damon and daughter Tahnee Welch.