In Memoriam: John Warhola, brother of Andy Warhol

ROCHESTER, Pa. (AP) – John Warhola, the older brother who helped raise pop art icon Andy Warhol and later helped establish the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, has died.

Warhola’s son, Donald, says his father was 85 when he died on Christmas Eve after battling pneumonia in a Pittsburgh hospital.

John Warhola was one of three founding members of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and was the group’s vice president for 20 years. The foundation established the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

After their father died in 1942, John Warhola was tasked with raising his younger brother, Andy, and making sure he attended college. Andy Warhol died at 58 in 1987 after complications from gall bladder surgery.

John Warhola’s funeral is Wednesday and he’ll be buried in a family plot at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Bethel Park.

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