The artist started having chest issues before boarding his flight from Paris to New York.
Kim Jung-gi, a South Korean illustrator and visual artist, has passed away. He was 47.
In a statement published on his official Instagram account on October 5, his demise was acknowledged. According to the statement, dated October 3, Jung-gi was in Paris and at the airport getting ready to board a flight to New York when he felt chest symptoms.
The statement read, “[He] was transferred to a local hospital for surgery, but regrettably passed away.”
On October 5, his coworker Hyun Jin Kim said, “After doing so much for us, you can now put down your brushes,” in a different statement.
Jung-gi was born in the South Korean city of Goyang-si in 1975. He enrolled in Dong-Eui University in Busan after starting his fine arts studies at the age of 19, where he majored in art and design.
He became well-known for both his live drawing performances and his capacity to recall and sketch complex scenes.
He has six published sketchbooks and contributed the art for the novels Third Humanity and Paradise.