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Cartoonist Austin dies aged 70
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David Austin had worked for the Guardian since 1987
Cartoonist David Austin, who drew the daily front page sketch for the Guardian newspaper, has died aged 70.

Austin, who had worked for the newspaper since 1987, had been suffering from stomach cancer.

His cartoons also appeared in Private Eye, the Spectator and the New Scientist on a regular basis.

Colleague Steve Bell said Austin, who had also worked for the Mail on Sunday and the Telegraph, was "unbelievably prolific" and "an inspiration".

"Possessed of the driest sense of humour in the business, he was always the most kind and generous of work colleagues, as well as a very good friend," Bell added.

His work appeared in the newspaper until last month.

Austin's books included the 2004 collection What Do You Think of the 21st Century So Far?

He is survived by his third wife, three children and four grandchildren.


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