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King Features Editor in Chief Jay Kennedy Dies in Drowning Accident

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

King Features Editor in Chief Jay Kennedy Dies in Drowning Accident

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King Features Syndicate Editor in Chief Jay Kennedy died yesterday in a drowning accident while vacationing in Costa Rica, according to King. He was 50.

Kennedy -- whose wife, magazine editor Sarah Jewler, predeceased him in 2005 -- was King's editor in chief since 1997. Prior to that, he had been the syndicate's comics editor since 1989 -- a year after he joined King as deputy comics editor. The former Esquire magazine cartoon editor was also a comics historian and artist who studied sculpting and conceptual art at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Kennedy also earned a sociology degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

"Jay Kennedy was a great friend to the cartooning community," National Cartoonists Society President Rick Stromoski said in an e-mail to E&P. "He loved the art form. His instincts and advice were always spot on. He was loved and respected by everyone and he will be sorely missed."

Stromoski does the "Soup to Nutz" comic for United Media.

King President T.R. "Rocky" Shepard III said in a statement that Kennedy "strengthened King's roster of talented commentators and writers and articulated his vision for the future of the art. …

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