American Splendor Auteur Harvey Pekar Dead at 70

Famed comic writer suffered from cancer, asthma, depression
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2010 12:50 PM CDT
In this 1986 file photo comic-book writer Harvey Pekar poses with a copy of his "American Splendor" in his Cleveland Heights, Ohio home.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
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(Newser) – Comic book legend Harvey Pekar, writer of the long-running American Splendor series, was found dead early this morning, PopEater reports. Wife and occasional collaborator Joyce Brabner found him dead in their Cleveland Heights home at about 1am this morning. The cause of death will be determined in an autopsy, but the 70-year-old suffered from a host of ailments, including prostate cancer, asthma, high blood pressure, and depression.

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