Died: February 12, 2000
Cause: Colon Cancer
Born in 1922, Charles Schulz’s tender-hearted Peanuts comic-strip reached tens of millions of readers daily in 75 different countries through 21 languages when it ended in 2000. Schulz wove many moments of his own life into his storylines—a rejected marriage proposal led to Charlie Brown’s long-lasting but fruitless pursuit of the Little Red-Haired Girl. His wide cast of characters included Charlie Brown’s little sister Sally; his wise, if peculiar, friend Linus; the bullying Lucy; and his dog, Snoopy. In all, those characters appeared in more than 1,800 strips, the last one appearing just hours after Schulz died.
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