Harvey Lawrence Pekar 'American Splendor' comic book writer Harvey Lawrence Pekar was found dead shortly before 1AM on July 12 by his wife, Joyce Brabner, in their Cleveland Heights home, Powell Caesar, spokesman for Cuyahoga County Coroner Frank Miller, told Cleveland.com. Cleveland Heights police Capt. Michael Cannon says Pekar had been suffering from prostate cancer, asthma, high blood pressure and depression. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Pekar was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1990 and underwent grueling treatment.

Upon hearing the news, Paul Giamatti, who portrayed Pekar in the 2003 film adaption of 'American Splendor,' tells PopEater, "Harvey was one of the most compassionate and empathetic human beings I've ever met. He had a huge brain and an even bigger soul. And he was hilarious. He was a great artist, a true American poet and there is no one to replace him."