Prominent Iranian cartoonist dies of COVID at 79

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Tehran, Iran – Famous Iranian cartoonist Kambiz Derambakhsh, who has published and exhibited his art across the world, has died of COVID-19 at the age of 79, media reported on Sunday.

Derambakhsh was born in the southern city of Shiraz and has been acclaimed both at home and abroad for his cartoons over a 60-year career.

His drawings have been published by newspapers especially in the United States and Germany, and his work has been exhibited as far away as Japan.

The artist was particularly known for his character depicting an ordinary man without a face, sketched in a single stroke.

“Although Derambakhsh has passed away, his precious legacy, which included the Iranian people, will be forever remembered,” Iranian Minister of Culture Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili said in a statement.

In 2014, he received the prestigious French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres award in recognition of his work.

Iran has been the country in the Middle East hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

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