Legendary comic book inker Joe Sinnott has passed away at the age of 93. He was best known for his work on the Fantastic Four in the 1960s and 70s embellishing greats including Jack Kirby, John Buscema, and George Perez.

The artist’s family announced his death in an emotional post shared to his Facebook account on Thursday, adding that he died in the morning hours –

“He went peacefully with the knowledge that his family, friends, and fans adored him,”

“He enjoyed life and was drawing up until the end. He always loved hearing from all of you and having your comments read to him. Each and every one of you were special to him.”

“Thank you again for being such loyal and dedicated fans and friends to Joe,”

“He considered all fans friends, and seeing you at cons and reading your messages was what kept him young at heart.”

H was a Navy veteran during WWII and began his career as an artist in 1950. He retired in from comics in 1992 making time to do Commissions and work on The Amazing Spider-Man newspaper strip.