A very sad story today from Scotland: Cartoonist/illustrator Richard Horne, akak Harry Horse was found dead in his home along with his wife, Mandy. The deaths are believed to be a suicide pact–Horse’s wife had been ill with multiple sclerosis for some time.
Yesterday, three days after Mr Horne’s final work appeared in a national newspaper, the couple’s bodies were discovered, lying together in their remote bungalow after an apparent suicide pact. One theory was that Mr Horne helped his desperately ill wife to end her life before taking his own. It is understood their pets were also found dead. The tiny island community of Papil, on Burra, was in shock after the discovery of the bodies by paramedics, who were called to the house by concerned relatives yesterday morning.
Horse regularly contributed cartoons to The Scotman, the Sunday Herald and such magazines as The New Yorker. He was also a very successful children’s book illustrator, starting with The Opopogo – My Journey with the Loch Ness Monster in 1983, and The Last Polar Bears was turned into a cartoon.
Horse was only 46; his wife 39.