Received this email via the NCS this morning:
King Features has the sad duty to announce that Editor in Chief Jay Kennedy died yesterday in a drowning accident while on vacation in Costa Rica.
We do not have the full details yet, but wanted to be in immediate communication with the cartooning community. We will notify you when funeral arrangements have been completed.
Director of Advertising & Public Relations
King Features Syndicate
You’re gonna read a lot over the next few days about how Jay took the time to hand write a note on a standard rejection form letter. Or how he helped a cartoonist starting out with a New Breed buy. Or how he took the time to say hello and talk at an event, no matter who you were.
The best part is its all true.
Listen, I didn’t know Jay well; we were barely acquaintances. But the few times I bumped into him, he knew who I was, gave me a moment, and left me with a kind word.
He was a really nice guy who did a hell of a lot for a lot of cartoonists. A better legacy I can’t imagine.
My sympathies to his family, friends, and co-workers.