I have just received news of Michael Turner’s death at age 37. Below is the official statement:
From Aspen Comics' Vince Hernandez
Hello all, Unfortunately it's with great sadness that I must inform everyone that Michael Turner tragically passed away last night, June 27th at approximately 10:42 pm in Santa Monica, Ca.
Turner had been dealing with recent health complications arisen in the past few weeks. More details concerning Turner's passing, and services, will be given shortly.
Anyone wishing to send their condolences to Michael Turner's family is encouraged to send to:
Aspen MLT, Inc.
C/O Michael Turner
5855 Green Valley Circle
Aspen also encourages anyone wishing to make a charitable donation to please send to Michael Turner's requested charities:
The Make-A-Wish Foundation
Michael was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma (a bone-based cancer that attacks the cartilage) in March of 2000, which ultimately cost him his right hip, a portion of his pelvis and several pounds of bone. He was very open about his cancer, making convention appearances throughout the entire time, and never giving in to the illness.
His first break in comics came on the Witchblade comic for Marc Silvestri’s Top Cow studios, where his style was very reminiscent of the studio’s founder. In 2002 he formed his own imprint under the name of Aspen MLT Inc. where he worked on such titles as Soulfire, Ekos and the return of his earlier produced creator–owned title Fathom.
Over the years he has produced many covers for DC, including Flash and Identity Crisis and the “Godfall” story arc in Superman, which he also co-wrote.
In more recent months he has provided covers over at Marvel comics, including the landmark X-Men issue #500.
He was eager to honour his commitments to the other companies, so that he could finally get back working on his own projects at Aspen. I never met Michael, but from all accounts, even despite his diagnosis with cancer he continued to work and speak to fans in a very positive way with a happy demeanour.
Since his initial diagnosis in 2000, Michael had several ups and downs, but, surely thanks in part to his positive attitude, he was seen as the guy who was going to beat it, and be drawing for years to come - he just had to kick this thing first. He was 37.
As usual with these sad things, I’ll leave you guys with some of Michael Turner’s great artwork…
I am sure you will agree there is some fantastic stuff here.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Until next time have fun!
June 28th 2008