AJ Crimson, Beauty Pioneer and Brand Founder, Has Died

AJ Crimson, renowned celebrity makeup artist and founder of his eponymous makeup line, has died, WWD confirms. The cause of death and his exact age is unknown.

Crimson, who is a self-taught makeup artist with more than two decades of experience to his name, is best known for his work with a long list of prestigious celebrity clients, including Brandy, Missy Elliott, Regina King, Angela Bassett, and more.

He's credited as a pioneer of inclusivity in the beauty industry. His namesake brand, which launched in 2013, focused on creating luxury color cosmetic products with women of color at the forefront. His products have been used for countless fashion shows and on set for big productions such as "Scandal," "American Horror Story," "The Hunger Games," and "Black Panther."

The family of Crimson said in a statement to POPSUGAR: "AJ Crimson was a makeup industry leader that set a standard of beauty that was elevated, beautiful, and accessible to people of all color. We as a family are heartbroken and devastated by his passing, but thankful for the lessons that he laid on each of us with his truth, directness, and leadership. We thank you all for your kind words, tweets, and posts, as AJ was an inspiration to us as much as he was a bright light to the rest of the world. There are no words that can sum up his whole. Until we meet again."

Since the news of his death broke on Wednesday, many industry peers have posted heartfelt tributes to him, including makeup artist Sir John, hairstylist Kim Kimble, and makeup artist Erika La Pearl.