According to reports, De la Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and announced that he was "totally clean" some time last year. Although the official cause of death is not currently made public, a family member confirmed his passing to ABC News on Monday night.
"The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die," De La Renta said in an interview with Fern Mallis at the 92Y in 2013. "You have to appreciate every single day that you're alive. Life is a little bit like a garden -- you have to find time to plant the seeds for beautiful flowers to grow. I'm having a fantastic time. But I must say that I would have never been able to go through what I went through without my family and wife."
He will be forever missed by the fashion community, but his gorgeous gowns and creations will live on!
Erika Bearman, famed twitter handle @OscarPRGirl, tweeted a link to Oscar de la Renta's homepage where friends and fans can find this handwritten note addressed to "Colleagues" from "Alex and Eliza" -- CEO and son-in-law Alex Bolen and stepdaughter Eliza Bolen. View the note in full below: