An internationally renowned cartoonist died of a brain haemorrhage – shortly before his wife was recovering from a heart attack that the family claims was caused by the tragedy.
Father of three Rod McKie, 63, died on March 26, a few days after a stroke.
Mr. McKie published his first cartoon in 1980 and was the youngest person ever to publish a cartoon in Punch magazine.
His widow Lis McKie, 62 – whom he met at school 48 years ago – had a heart attack shortly afterwards.
33-year-old daughter Kim Paton said her mother’s “heart is struggling as a result of his death.”
She said Ms. McKie is “alone for the first time ever” and found it “overwhelming.”
Father of three Rod McKie, 63, (pictured) died of a brain haemorrhage on March 26 a few days after a stroke
Self-taught Mr McKie, from Gracemount, Edinburgh, scribbled joke cartoons at school.
His work later appeared in The Sun, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy and the Harvard Business Review.
Cancer survivor Mr. McKie died at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and his family gave permission to use his brain for research to learn more about the type of intracerebral cerebral hemorrhage he had.
His family let him rest on April 10. Just a day later, Ms. McKie was hospitalized with a suspected heart attack.
She was fired yesterday, but will be on tablets for a heart condition for the rest of her life.
Mr. McKie is remembered as someone who encouraged other illustrators to appreciate their work and make sure they were paid fairly for it.
He saved leftover cartoons from being burned by executives at IPC Magazines.
His actions led to him being featured in a comic by Alan Moore, who created The Watchmen and V for Vendetta.
Mrs. Paton, 33, said, “My dad taught himself everything he knew.
Mr. McKie published his first cartoon in 1980 and was the youngest person ever to publish a cartoon in Punch magazine. Pictured: one of his cartoons
He faced so much rejection in the early years, but persisted until his work became known.
When his first story was published in The Sun, it was a tremendous achievement for a comprehensive educated person.
He was known for going to London and saving his and other people’s work from burning.
That’s the type of person he was. He was loved and respected in the publishing community for his love of the work.
He encouraged others to recognize their skills and to appreciate their work and to make sure they got the right rate.
“He has encouraged and inspired others.”
Mr. and Mrs. McKie met at school at the ages of 15 and 14, respectively, and “they were still so in love 48 years later,” said Mrs. Paton.
Self-taught Mr. McKie, from Gracemount, Edinburgh, scribbled gag cartoons at school. His work later appeared in The Sun, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy and the Harvard Business Review
She said: ‘[My mother’s] poor heart struggles because of his death.
‘She’s on her own for the first time, so I think it’s been so overwhelming for her.
‘Daddy did everything for her and for us three children. The five of us have always been an incredibly close-knit family.
‘It’s pretty gruesome. I’ve never felt such pain, to be honest.
‘My father was my best friend, I spoke to him every day.
‘He would do anything for everyone and was the sweetest, most talented man.
“His life will live on through his work.”
The family is raising £ 5,000 to pay for a funeral, as Mr. McKie had not been able to get life insurance when he had cancer five years earlier.
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