July 12th, 2010
12:46 PM ET
Comic book writer Harvey Pekar, the subject of the 2003 film "American Splendor," has died. He was 70 years old.
Cuyahoga County Coroner's spokesman Powell Ceasar says Pekar was found in his Cleveland Heights home by his wife shortly before 1 am on Monday.
His cause of death of has not been determined.
Update, 1:47 p.m.: Cleveland Heights Police Capt. Michael Cannon said that Pekar's wife called the police. He said Pekar "was found motionless on the floor next to his bed."
Cannon said that Pekar's wife told police that he had gone to sleep in good spirits at 4:40 p.m. Sunday and that she had told police that Pekar was under the care of his doctor for prostate cancer. Cannon said that there was "nothing suspicious" at the scene.
Cuyahoga County Coroner's spokesman, Powell Ceasar, said that a "full toxicology screening" would be done which would show if Pekar had cancer or a bad heart.
He said "A full autopsy will be released as soon as possible," adding that a full report can sometimes take "weeks."
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