John Rogers, President of Comic-Con International in San Diego, passed away on Saturday as a result of complications from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.
The announcement was made on the Comic-Con International website's homepage.
John had the honor of being Comic-Con International's longest-serving president, when he was first elected in 1986 and continued to be re-elected every year since. His family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Brain Tumor Association or the American Civil Liberties Union.
Comic-Con International, popularly known as San Diego Comic-Con, began in 1970 and has grown to become one of the premier conventions as it attracts fans from around the world to see the latest trailers and scoops in movies, television and comics.
The complete statement from Comic-Con International can be found below:
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of John Rogers, President of Comic-Con.
John died on Saturday, November 10, 2018 as a result of complications from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. As our longest serving president, first elected in 1986 and re-elected every year since, John’s tenure saw Comic-Con grow from a select gathering of fans to the largest and most prestigious convention of its kind in the world.
John Rogers is survived by his wife Janet Tait, sister Barbara, and his brother David. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to The American Brain Tumor Association or the American Civil Liberties Union.