Yesterday's Papers transribes a heartfelt recap of George Herriman's career, six days after his death on April 26, 1944 by "non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver."
"All house-painters aren't Hitlers. George Herriman, who died in California the other day, was once a house painter, and a kindlier soul never lived. However, after falling off a ladder and spilling a bucket of paint over himself, he decided he’d rather be a cartoonist and deal with smaller quantities of coloring matter". - The Windsor (Ontario) Daily Star, 1 May 1944.The rest is here.
Related: Clizia Gussoni's bio of Mr. Herriman from GeorgeHerriman.com