Artist LeRoy Neiman, famous for his vibrant depictions of athletes and sporting events, died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He was 91.

Born in 1921 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Neiman served with the U.S. Army in World War II and used his benefits under the G.I. Bill to attend the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, where he later became a contributing artist for Playboy magazine.

Neiman was a kind of Norman Rockwell of the sports world who created colorful and accessible works depicting football, boxing, Olympic events and horse racing, the Los Angeles Times said Thursday.

A flamboyant figure who sported a handlebar moustache, Neiman also painted portraits of entertainers, including Frank Sinatra and the Beatles, and other celebrities. EFE