A statement released on the Museum’s web site reads, ‘The Santa Monica Museum of Art was deeply saddened to learn of Howard Zinn's death. He was due to speak at SMMoA on Thursday, February 4 at 8 pm about his new documentary, The People Speak. The event will now become a tribute to Zinn and his remarkable work as a social activist. More details to follow.”
Reports are that Zinn suffered a heart attack and was taken to Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. It is believed that his body will be flown back to Boston for memorial services there next week.
For those in Southern California looking for a place to gather and pay their respects it would appear that next week’s tribute at the Santa Monica Art Museum is their best bet.