Korean Visual Artist Kim Jung Gi Dies At Age 47 from Heart Attack

Kim Jung Gi
(Korean artist Kim Jung Gi)

South Korean Cartoonist Kim Jung Gi has died “suddenly” of a heart attack aged 47.

The artist was known for his ability to recreate complex scenes entirely from memory and holds the Guinness World Record for “longest drawing by an individual”.

According to the official announcement published on the artist’s Instagram page, Jung Gi was en route to New York after finishing his last schedule in Europe when he experienced sudden chest pains and was rushed to the nearby hospital for surgery, where he passed away of a heart attack.

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we inform you of the sudden passing of Kim Jung Gi,” he wrote.

After finishing his last schedule in Europe, Jung Gi went to the airport to fly to New York, where he experienced chest pains and was taken to a nearby hospital for surgery, but sadly passed away.

Hyun continued: “After having done so much for us, you can now put down your brushes. Thank you Jung Gi.”

The Daniel Maghen Gallery, which is currently showing an exhibition of Kim’s work, wrote: “It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Kim Jung Gi on Monday evening in Paris. The South Korean artist died after a heart attack at the age of 47.

Kim Jung Gi was born in 1975 in the town of Goyang-Si, South Korea. At 19, this budding artist enrolled at a Fine Arts School, majoring in Art and Design, after which he attended Dong-Eui University in Busan for three years. Over his career, Jung Gi worked in various industries – movies, music, and even government. Kim put together a feature exhibition in Cheongwadae, South Korea’s president’s official workplace and residence, created an album cover for a Korean Hip-Hop artist Drunken Tiger, published countless sketchbooks and drawings, and is the record-holder for “Longest drawing by an individual” in the Guinness World Records book.

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