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R.I.P. HARVEY PEKAR! “American Splendor” creator dead @ 70.

October 8, 1939 – July 12, 2010

Cleveland icon Harvey Pekar dies

Famed comic-book author found by his wife.
Monday, July 12, 2010

(Cleveland) – Famed Cleveland underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar has died at the age of 70.

Cuyahoga County Coroner’s spokesman Powell Caesar confirmed the news to WTAM 1100 Monday morning.

Pekar was found just before 1:00 am by his wife, Joyce Brabner, in their home in Cleveland Heights.

Cleveland Heights Police Capt. Michael Cannon says Pekar had been suffering from prostate cancer, asthma, high blood pressure and depression. The cause of death is not yet known.

Pekar is best known for his autobiographical “American Splendor” series. In 2003, the series inspired a critically acclaimed film adaptation of the same name in which Pekar was played by actor Paul Giamatti.

Harvey Pekar was born October 8, 1939 in Cleveland. Pekar’s friendship with Robert Crumb led to the creation of the autobiographical comic book series “American Splendor”.

The series began publishing in 1976 and chronicles Pekar’s grousing about work, money and the monotony of life.

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