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Harvey Pekar, Comic-book Writer, Passes Away at 70

Posted on: July 14, 2010

It has hit the headlines that Harvey Pekar, comic-book writer, passed away on Monday at the age of 70. It is not a secret that his self-deprecating, gruff travails and trials were reflected in the “American Splendor” series and in the same-title movie released in 2003.

Capt. Michael Cannon from Cleveland Heights police informed the Associated Press that Pekar’s wife called them to his home nearly at 1 a.m. on Monday. Unfortunately, the official death cause has not been released, however, it was said by Cannon that the deceased suffered from depression, high blood pressure, asthma, and prostate cancer.

The comic-book writer began to publish his stories in 1976 and in the 80s became incredibly popular thanks to them. Harvey Pekar was even invited on the show of David Letterman in the 80s.
When “The Quitter,” the graphic novel, was released by Pekar in 2005, he said to the News that he could really be a much worse person that he was. According to him, he realized that he was rather flawed, but he hadn’t killed anyone.

Only when the film “American Splendor” appeared on big screens, the whole world learned about Pekar’s struggle with cancer, the adoption of Danielle, their foster daughter, and his weird courtship of his wife Joyce Brabner.


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