How Did Comic Strip Artist and Cartoonist Chris Browne Die? Know Everything About His Cause Of Death, Obituary And More

We regret to inform you of the death of Chris Browne, an American comic strip artist and cartoonist, on February 5th. Browne wrote and illustrated the King Features Syndicate comic strip Hägar the Horrible from 1989 to 2023. At the time of his death, he was 68 years old. Let’s look at his life and career, as well as how people around the world paid tribute to him after he died. Continue reading.

Who was Chris Browne?

Christopher K. Browne AkA Chris Browne was born on May 16, 1952 in South Orange, New Jersey and grew up in suburban Wilton, Connecticut. He was the son of cartoonist Dik Browne and brother of cartoonist Chance Browne. He assisted his father on the comic strips Hi and Lois and Hägar the Horrible before eventually taking over full artistic duties for Hägar in 1989. His unique art style helped make Hägar one of America’s most beloved comic strips. 

How did Chris Browne die? What was the cause of his death?

His death is believed to have been caused by complications from a long-term illness. After news broke of his passing away peacefully in Sioux Falls, SD., tributes started pouring in from fans all over the world expressing their sadness at his loss as well as honoring him for bringing joy to so many through his work. Many shared stories about how much they enjoyed reading his work growing up or about how it still brings them happiness today. 

Chris Browne Obituary

Browne will be deeply missed by those who knew him personally as well as those who enjoyed reading his work over the years. His unique art style helped make Hägar one of America’s most beloved comic strips that continues to bring joy to readers today even after its creator has sadly passed away. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family during this difficult time and thank him for making us laugh throughout so many years with his amazing artwork! Rest In Peace Chris! 

Tributes Pour To Chris Browne Death

Steve McGarry

We were saddened to learn of the death of our friend Chris Browne of Hagar The Horrible fame. We’d been friends for over 30 years, though I hadn’t seen him in a while. Here are a few images: The first was a trip to the United Kingdom by a group of cartoonists in the early 1990s. At our London hotel, I was joined by Bunny Hoest, Frank Springer, Daryl Cagle, Arnie Roth, Mell Lazarus, and the Brownes. The second photo shows Joe and Luke posing with Chris around the same time at The Reuben Awards in Washington, DC.

John Pirtel

I was saddened to learn of the death of my friend and colleague Chris Browne… Chris’ dedication to cartooning and illustration—notably taking over the reins of Hagar The Horrible after his father Dik’s death… Chris’ sketchbook postings on Facebook, as well as his mere presence in the room, will be missed… My heartfelt condolences to the entire Browne family…. Chris, best wishes for a safe journey across the rainbow bridge to Valhalla.

Chip Sansom

This news breaks my heart. When my father died, Chris called to offer his condolences and any advice I might need about taking over The Born Loser from my father. His words of encouragement meant a lot coming from someone who I thought did an excellent job of succeeding his father. Thank you very much, Chris!