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    Default George Perez Diagnosed With Pancreatic Cancer, Only 6 Months Left To Live

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :
    To all my fans, friends and extended family,
    It’s rather hard to believe that it’s been almost three years since I formally announced my retirement from producing comics due to my failing vision and other infirmities brought on primarily by my diabetes. At the time I was flattered and humbled by the number of tributes and testimonials given me by my fans and peers. The kind words spoken on those occasions were so heartwarming that I used to quip that “the only thing missing from those events was me lying in a box.”
    It was amusing at the time, I thought.
    Now, not so much. On November 29th I received confirmation that, after undergoing surgery for a blockage in my liver, I have Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer. It is surgically inoperable and my estimated life expectancy is between 6 months to a year. I have been given the option of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, but after weighing all the variables and assessing just how much of my remaining days would be eaten up by doctor visits, treatments, hospital stays and dealing with the often stressful and frustrating bureaucracy of the medical system, I’ve opted to just let nature take its course and I will enjoy whatever time I have left as fully as possible with my beautiful wife of over 40 years, my family, friends and my fans.
    Since I received my diagnosis and prognosis, those in my inner circle have given me so much love, support and help, both practical and emotional. They’ve given me peace.
    There will be some business matters to take care of before I go. I am already arranging with my art agent to refund the money paid for sketches that I can no longer finish. And, since, despite only having one working eye, I can still sign my name, I hope to coordinate one last mass book signing to help make my passing a bit easier. I also hope that I will be able to make one last public appearance wherein I can be photographed with as many of my fans as possible, with the proviso that I get to hug each and every one of them. I just want to be able to say goodbye with smiles as well as tears.
    I know that many of you will have questions to ask or comments to make, and rather than fueling the fires of speculation and well-meaning but potentially harmful miscommunication, I will be returning to the arena of social media by starting a new Facebook account where fans and friends can communicate with me or my designated rep directly for updates and clarification.
    Please search for @TheGeorgePerez on Facebook if you’d like to join the page to receive updates. For media and press inquiries, please use the contact information on the page as well. Please respect the privacy of my wife and family at this time and use the Facebook page rather than reaching out through other channels.
    I may not be able to respond as quickly as I would like since I will be endeavoring to get as much outside pleasure as I can in the time allotted me, but I will do my best. Kind words would also be greatly appreciated. More details to follow once it’s up and running.
    Well, that’s it for now. This is not a message I enjoyed writing, especially during the Holiday Season, but, oddly enough, I’m feeling the Christmas spirit more now than I have in many years. Maybe it’s because it will likely be my last. Or maybe because I am enveloped in the loving arms of so many who love me as much as I love them. It’s quite uplifting to be told that you’ve led a good life, that you’ve brought joy to so many lives and that you’ll be leaving this world a better place because you were part of it. To paraphrase Lou Gehrig: “Some people may think I got a bad break, but today, I feel like the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.”
    Take care of yourselves—and thank you.
    George Pérez
    December 7th, 2021

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    I'm crushed by the news and hope that he's around for longer than 6 months and that his remaining time with his family and friends is good.
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    This is absolutely heartbreaking. I hope his remaining days with his loved ones are filled with joy.
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    Yes, I'm sad to hear this news..always loved George's artwork on FF, Avengers (two runs) and Man-Wolf...plus Crisis and Wonder Woman...the man is a legend!

    He's facing it bravely...hope he and his family enjoy time together, and these last times go as happily and peacefully as possible..

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    He was/is one of the greats. His magnificent art on The *New* Teen Titans made it one of the must-buy books of the day, back before series were propped up by 'events' and variant covers.

    Very sad to hear this, he'll be missed.

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    This is terrible. I'm grateful to him for giving his fans a chance to tell him how much his work has meant to him.

    And I've seen it mentioned elsewhere, but Marvel and DC really need to show their gratitude to him by putting JLA/Avengers back in print, so he and his family can get the royalties. Both companies owe him so much more than they can ever repay.

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    Really sad news. I met him once at a DragonCon in ATL and he was the nicest person.

    Best wishes for him and his family and I hope that he doesn't suffer greatly from this illness.

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    Horrible news. Sending love to one of the real GOATs of the industry.


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    This is sad news.
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    fuckin' hell, the hits keep on coming

    what a legend; he will forever be a great

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    This is a gut-punch .

    I honestly don't know what to say other than to express my condolences to George Perez and his family and wishing them the best in such a difficult situation. The man is an utter legend in terms of his contributions to the medium and an unparalleled artist and creator, and even with such grim prospects remains such a kind and dignified man. I hope he is able to live his remaining life with his loved ones as comfortably and happy as possible.

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    I am just floored, I literally just read his last Busiek Avengers book and I was bummed there weren’t anymore to read. Every book he drew is a love letter to the reader. You felt like he really cared about every tiny detail.

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    Not the news I wanted to hear today... man. This is awful.
    I really liked his art on Gauntlet, Crisis and Furute Imperfect.
    Don't know what to say. Nothing I say will make any difference anyway.
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    His work is what made me read the New Teen Titans as a small child. I think I might even have some of those issues in a box somewhere. To say he will be missed is an understatement. He is one of the greats.

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    He is one of the titans of the industry. I have never been much of a DC reader but I liked his Fantastic Four and Avengers runs. He's one of those artists that could do those pages just jam packed with characters. May his next few months be peaceful. His post looks like he has come to terms with his situation and is keeping his spirits up. May he live out the rest of his days in peace and surrounded by loved ones. I can't say that I blame him for taking a pass on the aggressive treatment options.

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