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Bil Keane

Born: 1922-10-05 - Died: 2011-11-08
Cause of Death:
Congestive Heart Failure

Death Summary: Keane's son, Jeff, said that his father had died from congestive heart failure. Apparently his condition had worsened over the last few months, but all of Keane's children and grand children were able to visit him before he passed.

Who was Bil Keane : Keane was a cartoonist who is probably best known for his work on the long-running comic The Family Circus.

Keane began his career in 1946 when he started working at the Philadelphia Bulletin as a staff cartoonist, a job he held until 1959. His first syndicated cartoon strip, Channel Chuckles, premiered in 1954 and ran until 1977. In 1959 Keane and his family moved to Paradise Valley, Arizona. Shortly after the move his daily newspaper panel, The Family Circus premiered on February 29, 1960.

The Family Circus is currently in syndication, and it's been reported that Jeff Keane, his son, will take over the daily production of the comic strip.
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  1. Biff Says:

    So sorry to hear this…but it was a good run. His strip has been a part of my life since I can remember. He will be missed.

  2. Erica Jennings Says:

    We never failed to read his comic strip. He so accurately captured the antics of little kids that only a parent could fully enjoy his rich humor.

  3. Dale Rosso Says:

    So sorry to have found out that he passed. We have enjoyed his cartoon since being old enough to read in the 60’s. You could tell by the way he wrote that real life experiences were involved. Thanks Bill for all the Chuckles over the decades.

  4. Crystal Brock-King Says:

    My mother got me to reading this strip in the mid 80s so I am a late comer. Just adored this mans work. RIP.

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