Steve Dillon (born c. 1962, died 22nd October 2016) is an English comic book artist, from Luton, Bedfordshire, best known for his work with writer Garth Ennis on Hellblazer, Preacher, and The Punisher.
On Saturday morning, graphic novelist and author Warren Ellis wrote a Tweet that read, “I have it confirmed that Steve Dillon has died. He was a giant, and will be much missed.”
Dillon’s first professional work (published when he was just 16) was the title story in the first issue of Marvel UK’s Hulk Weekly. Dillon went on to draw for Warrior and Doctor Who Magazine, and is known for creating the character of Abslom Daak.
After receiving word of Dillon’s death, fans and fellow artists took to Twitter to pay tribute to the artist. A cause of death has not yet been reported.
Apparently 2016 has struck again! Artist Steve Dillon has died. Preacher was a masterpiece
— CunningSmile (@CunningSmi1e) October 22, 2016
— ComicBook NOW! (@ComicBookNOW) October 22, 2016
Rest in peace, Steve (Dillon). Way, way too young to end your journey on this crazy rock we call Earth. https://t.co/hhjck8WM3T
— Jason Wood (@JayBWood) October 22, 2016
Steve Dillon gone so sad. I say and chatted with him at @NICEConv this year and he was a true gent.
— Steve Morey (@pompster) October 22, 2016
Steve Dillon was a master storyteller. PREACHER, PUNISHER, all of it done with so much exceptional skill + magic. We lost one of the greats.
— Mitch Gerads (@MitchGerads) October 22, 2016