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Cartoon artist Kim Jung Gi dies from ‘unexpected’ cardiac arrest in Paris at the age of 47

Cartoon artist Kim Jung Gi dies from unexpected cardiac arrest in Paris at the age of 47
Cartoon artist Kim Jung Gi dies from 'unexpected' cardiac arrest in Paris at the age of 47

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South Korean renowned cartoon artist Kim Jung Gi, who holds the Guinness World Record for ‘longest drawing by an individual’ has died of ‘unexpected’ heart attack.

On Monday, October 3, the 47-year-old visual artist kicked the bucket ‘suddenly’ while in Paris, collaborator Hyun Jin Kim publicized it today.

After his last schedule in Europe, Mr. Jung Gi was heading for New York when he experienced ‘chest pains’ at the airport.

Though he was rushed to hospital for surgery but he unfortunately ‘kicked the bucket’ leaving behind a wife and two children.


Based on the request made by his family, the cartoonist’s recent exhibition housed at The Daniel Maghen Gallery, will remain on display until Saturday.

In a statement shared by collaborator Hyun Jin Kim on Wednesday (5 October), he wrote;

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we inform you of the sudden passing of Kim Jung Gi,” he wrote.

“After finishing his last schedule in Europe, Jung Gi went to the airport to fly to New York, where he experienced chest pains and was taken to a nearby hospital for surgery, but sadly passed away.”

Hyun continued: “After having done so much for us, you can now put down your brushes. Thank you Jung Gi.”


The Daniel Maghen Gallery, which is presently showing an exhibition of Kim’s work also paid tribute to the late artist in a heartfelt Instagram post reading:

 “It is with a great sadness that we inform you of the death of Kim Jung Gi on Monday evening in Paris. The South Korean artist died after a heart attack at the age of 47.

“His sudden disappearance contrasts with the immense happiness he brought us. We are speechless…

‘Daniel Maghen, the entire gallery team, and particularly Olivier Souillé, who had accompanied him for ten years, are terribly affected by his loss.’

“All our thoughts are turned to his family, his wife and his two children, his friends, his collaborators Kim Hyun Jin, Boin Lee, Jean-Christophe Caurette… and his fans, for whom his disappearance will leave a great void.”

They further stated that their exhibition would stay open until Saturday 8 October according to Kim’s family’s request.

According to his online biography, Mr. Jung Gi  was birthed on 1975 in Goyang-Si, South Korea. He piqued interest in the arts at a very tender age and got registered in a fine arts school at the age of 19. He later obtained a Master of Art and Design degree at Dong-Eui University of Busan

As a part of the Special Forces Unit, Mr. Jung Gi also served two years in the South Korean army where he was able to memorise the array of different weapons and vehicles.

The artist has previously said his most notable career asset is his memory, which he developed over a number of years.

According to his artist biography, it states;

‘His ability to render extremely complicated scenes near-perfectly from memory, without the aid of references, has stretched the boundaries of what many artists believed was possible.’

He worked with several other comic book artists throughout his career, created art for political residences, and illustrated novels and album artwork. He unveiled six sketchbooks during his lifetime and also holds the record for ‘Longest drawing by an individual in the Guinness World Records book.

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