Theresa Fambro Hooks, also known as Teesee of the famed Chicago Defender column Teesee’s Town, passed away Sunday at 80 years old.

“It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our own Grand Dame, Ms. Theresa “Teesee” Fambro Hooks,” the Chicago Defender wrote on its website. “Teesee passed away a few hours ago in the comfort of her home. She was 80 Years old. We will miss her greatly and are saddened by our loss.”

Hooks, a longtime socialite and award winning columnist in Chicago, whose popular column captured the lives of the wealthy for decades, was a member of the Black Press since 1961. She stepped down from her role at the Chicago Defender last year.

“She was sought after by the social elite to join them at their prestigious events and gatherings because to make it in Teesee’s Town column meant that you had arrived,” the publication wrote.

Hooks was born in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, Roosevelt University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Arrangements for a memorial were not immediately available.

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