Less than a day after the announcement that he was being treated for cancer, Darwyn Cooke has died.

The official statement from his family:

We regret to inform you that Darwyn lost his battle with cancer early this morning at 1:30 AM ET. We read all of your messages of support to him throughout the day yesterday. He was filled with your love and surrounded by friends and family at his home in Florida.

Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society and Hero Initiative.

Please continue to respect our privacy as we go through this very difficult time.

A longer statement will come later today.

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Cooke, who was known for the Eisner award winning DC: The New Frontier and his run on Catwoman, had been working in the comics industry since the Eighties.  Along with his work in comics, he served as a storyboard artist for Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series, and also designed the intro for Batman Beyond.

He was 53.

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