I found this out late yesterday and didn’t have a chance to post it until now. Dave Cockrum passed away this weekend. The 63 year old Cockrum is best known for co-creating the New X-Men with Les Wein to include Storm, Nightcrawler, and Colossus.
Clifford Meth let the comic world know in a post on the Nightcrawlers forum.
With a heavy heart, I regret to inform you that Dave Cockrum passed away this morning. After a long battle with Diabetes and its varied complications, Dave died in his sleep early this morning.
Dave’s many creations—including some of the X-Men’s staple characters—brought tremendous joy to his legion of fans. For three decades, he was a beloved fixture at comics conventions across the country where he would sketch for a pittance and encourage would-be creators. Those of us who knew Dave personally will remember him as one of the sweetest, jovial, most generous individuals in the comics industry. I’ll miss my friend very much.
There are no details of services at this time. Dave asked to be cremated and his widow Paty is burdened with the news, so well wishers are asked not to call. Email can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
(image from ERBZine.com)