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Robert DeMichiell Jr. dead: Illustrator dies at 57

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Robert DeMichiell Jr., a celebrated illustrator, died Monday at his home in Manhattan at the age of 57.

DeMichiell Jr. spent three years battling cancer before his death, cutting short his prolific career in the art world. The late illustrator worked with EW for years, adding to the magazine’s Winners and Losers of the Week feature. He made his way to EW after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design and contributing work to Broadway, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker.

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“I’m Mr. Media, so when EW came out I was like, ‘Ooh, there’s a magazine I could be in.'” DeMichiell Jr. told EW in July 2000.

“Robert’s output was dazzling, and included everything from New Yorker covers to memorable Fire Island postcards to the posters for Broadway shows,” playwright Paul Rudnick wrote in a tribute to DeMichiell Jr. after news broke of his death. “He was a delightful, generous, brave man.”

DeMichiell Jr. is survived by his husband of three years, Jeffrey M. Wilson, who was by his bedside at the time of his death.