Cuyahoga country coroner Frank Miller has issued a report on Harvey Pekar’s July 12th death and ruled it was from natural causes, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. However, the cause of death was given as an accidental overdose of fluoxetine and bupropion (commonly sold as Prozac and Wellbutrin.) Pekar suffered from high blood pressure, asthma and clinical depression, and was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.
Since his death, Pekar’s place as poet of the common life, and pioneering comics writer has been cemented. He has several posthumous works coming out, including Cleveland, with art by Joseph Remnant.
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