Leroy's sudden death -- many of her closest friends didn't even know she was sick -- has left many unanswered questions, such as what will become of her vast collection of negatives. Over the past several years she had battled her former agencies to obtain ownership of her archives.
Leroy's legend was only aided by her independent spirit and resilience. On May 19, 1967, Leroy was injured by a mortar while on patrol with a group of Marines. "We were being mortared again and again, and there was nowhere to hide," she recounted to American Photographer. "I remember lifting my camera up to take a picture when there was a huge bang and I went down in the grass. I was conscious but couldn't move, and I was completely covered with blood -- and terrified that nobody would see me because I was covered by grass."