Mike Wieringo passes away


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From Newsarama:

The comics industry lost a luminary this weekend - Mike Wieringo passed away Sunday of a sudden heart attack. Details are still sketchy as of this time, but according to close sources, the acclaimed artist had chest pains at some point during the day and called 911, but the responders did not make it in time.

Wieringo was 44 years old. He was a vegetarian, and "one of the healthiest ones of us in the bunch," as his longtime friend and collaborator Todd Dezago described him. Currently, there are no details about services or a funeral.

Wieringo worked every day, updating his blog and website with a constant stream of sketches at MikeWieringo.com. His last sketch was posted on Friday.

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Copied and pasted from my Oratory reply, because I don't know that I could word it any differently...

That's a real shame, he had serious talent. Still, he produced a large body of work, worked on the biggest characters in the industry and made a big name for himself. Taken very young, but not before he had a chance to make a mark in an industry that's overwhelmed with slower, less dedicated artists.

Strangely, I'd just compared another artist to him for one of my IIWY? reviews this weekend.

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