Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Doug Marlette was killed in an auto accident yesterday. Marlette, 57, was killed when a truck he was riding as a passenger in hydroplaned in heavy rain and struck a tree outside Holly Springs, MI.
Marlette was a cartoonist, author and playwright. While he was known for his comic strip Kudzu, celebrating Southern culture, he recently wrote a pair of well received novels, The Bridge and Magic Time. His career as an editorial cartoonist included stints at the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat, Newsday of Melville, N.Y., The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer. At the time of his death he was at the Tulsa (OK) World.
Marlette is survived by his wife, Melinda, and his adult son, Jackson.
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