We believe that the internet community have been familiar with this man’s face who became a worldwide phenomenon thanks to his “Hey Baby” meme.
However, to everyone’s surprise, it was reported that the man, Gerry Alanguilan, has sadly passed away on Friday (20th December) due to an unspecified illness.
According to Newsrama, the unfortunate news was announced by Alanguilan’s wife Ilyn on her Facebook, which was recently made public.
Many didn’t know about this, but he was actually a comic book artist who had worked for “Wetworks”, “X-men”, “Superman: Birthright”, and “Wolverine”, among others. He also worked as an inker for the aforementioned publications.
Saddened to learn of the passing of Gerry Alanguilan. Another wonderful person taken from us too soon. An amazingly talented writer and inker, mentor to younger artists, and advocate for global comics, the comics world and Filipino art community lost a friend and hero today.
— C.B. Cebulski (@CBCebulski) December 20, 2019
Even Marvel’s editor-in-chief, C.B. Cebulski took to his Twitter account to pay his condolences. He desribed Alanguilan as an “amazingly talented” writer and inker. Cebulski further added that the Filipino arts community has lost a great friend and hero.
Additionally, Alanguilan was notable for his other works including “Johnny Balbona”, “Humanis Rex!”, “ELMER”, “Timawa” and “Where Bold Star Goes To Die”. Indeed, this fellow was more than just a meme.
Check out his past masterpieces here:
Alanguilan’s artistic skills in drawing will always be missed. R.I.P. 💔
Featured image: VOCKET.