I’m a little shaken up at the news that Willem de Kooning’s only daughter, Lisa de Kooning, died at just 56 years old while in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday. How she died has not been revealed yet.
Lisa lives in Springs and for obvious reasons, was very well known around town. Her three kids were also well known in Springs and popular. For the daughter of such a famous man that grew up in Manhattan to truly become a Springs local is pretty rare. Bonackers are a tough group to get along with if you’re not from there.
Funeral services for Lisa will be private, but I know for a fact that a lot of people in Springs, and in Southampton for that matter, are going to be really shaken up by this news. She was the type of person that really lit up a room, and beamed with positive energy. For her light to go out at a young age really bothers me.
My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.