UPDATE: Darwyn Cooke passed away Saturday at the age of 53.

Original Story: Darwyn Cooke, widely regarded as one of the greatest comic book artists of the last 20 years, is dying of cancer.

Cooke’s wife Marsha broke the sad news on the artist’s personal blog today, revealing that her husband is in the final stages of a battle with an aggressive form of cancer.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we announce Darwyn is now receiving palliative care following a bout with aggressive cancer. His brother Dennis and I, along with our families, appreciate the outpouring of support we have received. We ask for privacy as we go through this very difficult time.”

A Canadian native, Cooke got his big break as a concept and storyboard artist for the beloved 90s Batman and Superman animated series. He later made the transition to comics, writing and drawing primarily for DC. Some of his best work includes his now-iconic Catwoman redesign (the one with the awesome goggles) and DC: The New Frontier, a crowning achievement that he both wrote and drew.

More recently, Cooke worked on the Before Watchmen and Richard Stark’s Parker series.

This is a devastating blow to the comic book world. We wish Cooke and his family all the best.

(via: Uproxx)