Famed African-American studies scholar Manning Marable has died. Marable severed as director of the Institute for African-American Studies at Columbia University, which he founded. He was 60.

Marable was famous for his progressive political views and Awritings penning over 10 books. He was working on his latest work, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, set for publication on April 3.

Active in the political movement, Marable was elected chair of the Movement for the Democratic Society, sat on the board of the Hip Hop Summit Network and was a member of the New York Legislature’s Amistad Commission.

Battling recent health problems, he had suffered from lung disease causing him to get a lung transplant last summer. Last month Marable was hospitalized for pneumonia.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been released.