Cartoonist Saari Sulong, popularly known as 'Aie', passed away at the age of 48 early this morning, 28 June
Aie passed away at his home in Sungai Manggis, Banting, reported Utusan Malaysia.
He succumbed to complications involving his kidneys, cartoonist Ibrahim Ujang Anon shared in a Facebook post.
Saari was born in Kuala Lumpur in February 1973.
He grew up in Segamat and Kluang, Johor and finished his Form Five education near Kuantan, Pahang.
Aie is famously known for illustrating the characters in the Abe series, published in cartoon magazine Ujang, and the Aku Hidup Dalam Blues series
He worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, comic painter, graphic designer, head of studio, assistant head of cartoonist, head of illustration unit, and art director in the 25 years of his career.
Among the Malaysian publications he has worked with are Jenakarama, Disney Cartoon Magazine 'Mickey' (Malay edition), Ujang, Starz, Utopia, G3, Jom, Boboi and Gila-Gila.
Colleagues and friends have praised him as someone who is very humble and supportive of all their work
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