Very sad news being reported at Newsarama: Veteran artist Mike Wieringo died yesterday of a sudden heart attack at the age of 44.
Known as “Ringo” by his friends, Wieringo was probably best known for his run on FANTASTIC FOUR with Mark Waid, but was a much in-demand penciller as well as a much loved industry figure. REcent works included FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN and SPIDER-MAN AND THE FANTASTIC FOUR.
He also maintained a blog where only days ago he posted pencils from TELLOS, his Image series created with Todd DeZago which he was hoping to return to at some point.
Our own dealings with Wieringo were sadly few but always warm — those who knew him always spoke of him with fondness, and our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.
UPDATE” In addition to the Newsarama thread linked to above, remembrances from collaborators Todd Dezago, Mark Waid and Karl Kesel are now up here. I wish I had known him better, but I can hoenstly say I never heard a bad word about ‘Ringo, and I can’t begin to imagine the loss those who were close to him are experiencing. It is a sad day for the whole comics world.