Andrew MacNaughtan, a photographer who worked with Rush among other music stars over a long and successful career, died last week in Los Angeles while working with the Canadian power trio.

The Toronto Star reports that MacNuaghtan, in his mid-40s, had a heart attack during a photo session with Rush on Wednesday (Jan. 25). The band issued a statement on this tragic event via their official Facebook page:

We’re deeply shocked and heartbroken to learn of the sudden passing of our close friend and longtime photographer, Andrew MacNaughtan. He was a sweet person and a very talented artist. Words cannot describe how much he will be missed.”

MacNaughtan won four Junos (the Canadian Grammy); three for album design and one for his work on the 2003 'Rush in Rio' live DVD. He also worked with Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and the Tragically Hip among many others, in addition to magazine and commercial work.

The Sun reports that MacNaughtan's latest project was a photo journal entitled 'Grace: Africa in Photographs.' The proceeds from that book went to a charity he started, named Art Gives Hope. He had also donated autographed prints of some of his most famous photographs to this foundation, which worked together with World Vision to help African children in need.

View a Gallery of Andrew MacNaughtan's Photographs