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Harvey Pekar dead at 70

July 12, 2010

via AP:

CLEVELAND — Harvey Pekar, the comic book writer whose “American Splendor” was made into a 2003 film starring Paul Giamatti, was found dead in his home early Monday, authorities said. Pekar was 70.

Officers were called to Harvey Pekar’s suburban home by his wife about 1 a.m., Cleveland Heights police Capt. Michael Cannon said. His body was found between a bed and dresser.

Pekar had been suffering from prostate cancer, asthma, high blood pressure and depression, according to Cannon. Pekar had gone to bed about 4:30 p.m. Sunday in good spirits, his wife told police.

An autopsy was planned, said Powell Caesar, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County coroner’s office in Cleveland. He had no information on the cause of death.

Pekar’s “American Splendor” comics, which he began publishing in 1976, chronicle his grousing about work, money and the monotony of life.

His quirky commentary developed a cult following and his insights and humor were often a bit on the dark side.

Being a Cleveland Native, I’ve met Pekar’s wife, Joyce Brabner, and his adopted daughter Danielle many times at our knitting group. I never met Harvey, but I know his girls are sweet and funny and loved him very much. My condolences to the both of them.

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