Eppridge of New Milford, Conn., had been in the intensive care unit at Danbury Hospital for several weeks suffering from a blood infection that was the result of a fall where he injured his hand, according to the National Press Photographers Association.
Eppridge's work was showcased in an >exhibit at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield earlier this year.
At the time of his death, Eppridge was putting the final touches on a book recalling his days with The Beatles in February 1964.
Speaking with The Republican in March, Eppridge said he was a contract photographer for LIFE magazine when he was assigned to cover The Beatles’ arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Feb. 7, 1964.
He was so impressed with the Fab Four that he persuaded his editor to allow him to photograph the band at the Plaza Hotel, Ed Sullivan show appearance, Carnegie Hall performance and train trip to a Washington, D.C. concert.
Eppridge said he many other members of the press were instead charmed by The Beatles.
“They were perfect gentlemen. These guys were laughing, smiling and treating the press with respect – perhaps deserved, perhaps not,” Eppridge said. “They were perfectly synchronized. One could start a sentence and the other could finish it. These guys were intelligent and they had control of the situation. ... There was something going on. I could feel it.”
Eppridge captured other historic moments for LIFE, National Geographic and Sports Illustrated.
He covered Robert F. Kennedy in the months leading up to his assassination on June 5, 1968 in Los Angeles. He said he was standing 12 feet behind RFK when the fatal shots rang out.
Eppridge photographed the slain presidential candidate on the floor of the Ambassador Hotel.
“You operate on instinct. You do what you have to do,” he told The Republican. “You don’t even think about crying. I cried later.”