Architect Dame Zaha Hadid, who was known for her designs for the London Aquatics Centre at the 2012 Olympics, has died.

Dame Zaha’s company said she had died in Florida.

It issued a statement saying: “It is with great sadness that Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE died suddenly in Miami in the early hours of this morning.

“She had contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital.”

She was 65 years old.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson was one of the first people to pay tribute to her, tweeting: “So sad to hear of death of Zaha Hadid, she was an inspiration and her legacy lives on in wonderful buildings in Stratford and around the world.”

Earlier this year the Royal Institute of British Architects announced that Dame Zaha would receive the 2016 Royal Gold Medal.

She was the first woman to be awarded the honour – personally approved by the Queen – in her own right.

Born in Baghdad in 1950, the designer studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before starting her architectural journey in 1972 at the Architectural Association in London.

By 1979 she had established her own practice in London, garnering a reputation across the world for her ground-breaking theoretical works.

They included The Peak in Hong Kong in 1983, the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin in 1986 and the Cardiff Bay Opera House in Wales in 1994.

Her first major built commission, one that affirmed her international recognition, was the Vitra Fire Station in Weil Am Rhein in Germany in 1993.

Other subsequent notable projects included the MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome in 2009 and the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku in 2013.

Buildings such as the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati and the Guangzhou Opera House in China have also been hailed as architecture that transforms our ideas of the future.