Farewell to a Cartooning Legend: Remembering Tony Husband

Private Eye Cartoonist and TV Star Tony Husband Passes Away at 73

The world of humor and satire mourns the loss of Tony Husband, a beloved cartoonist and children’s TV personality, who passed away at the age of 73 after suffering a heart attack on Westminster Bridge.

The tragic incident occurred as Mr. Husband was en route to a party hosted by the satirical magazine, Private Eye, a publication he was closely associated with for many years.

Heartfelt Tributes from His Son and the Cartooning Community

Paul Husband, Tony’s son, took to social media to share a touching tribute to his late father. He announced the sad news on X (formerly known as Twitter) and expressed his deep grief, saying, “It is with a torn apart heart that I must announce the passing of my Dad.

The beautiful @tonyhusband1.” He also posted a heartfelt message on Facebook, revealing the circumstances of his father’s passing.

Tony Husband had the heart attack while on Westminster Bridge, on his way to the Private Eye party. Paul noted the irony that he survived 30 years of Private Eye parties, only to miss the one that meant so much to him.

Alongside these emotional words, Paul included an image of Tony’s final cartoon, sent to his friend Nick Newman on the train.

The cartoon depicted a man waving at a boat in Westminster, encapsulating his signature wit and style.

Tony Husband’s contributions to Private Eye, stretching back to 1985, were celebrated by the magazine with a tribute on X, formerly known as Twitter, stating, “RIP cartoonist Tony Husband – prolific, funny, and inventive contributor to Private Eye since 1985.”

An Illustrious Career in Cartooning

Born in 1950, Tony Husband left an indelible mark on the world of cartooning. In addition to his work with Private Eye, he created cartoons for several prominent publications, including The Times, Punch, Playboy, The Sunday Express, The Spectator, and The Sun.

His talent and humor were also cherished by a younger audience as he worked on the satirical ITV children’s series, “Round The Bend.”

Fellow cartoonists and colleagues paid their respects to this legendary figure in the world of humor.

Cartoonist Nick Newman shared the sad news of Tony Husband’s passing, describing him as the “creator of Yobs” and a prolific contributor to Private Eye. The loss of this fabulously funny cartoonist leaves a void that will be deeply felt.

Private Eye’s joke writer, Tom Jamieson, also expressed his sorrow, remembering Tony’s mention in editor Ian Hislop’s speech on the boat and the huge cheer that followed.

The world of cartooning has indeed lost one of its great talents.

Illustrator Stanley Chow, who was a dear friend of Tony Husband, paid tribute to his legendary status, describing him as “one of Britain’s greatest cartoonists.” His humility, kindness, and warmth left a lasting impact on those who had the privilege of knowing him.

May Tony Husband rest in peace, leaving behind a legacy of laughter and creativity that will continue to inspire and amuse for generations to come.

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