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The Age’s veteran cartoonist Ron Tandberg dies

Ron Tandberg, veteran cartoonist at Fairfax Media’s The Age has died, after losing his battle with cancer.

Tandberg had been with The Age since 1972.

Tandberg had been with The Age for 45 years

According to the National Portrait gallery, Tandberg was working as a teacher when he first contributed a cartoon to the education section of The Age.

In his time as a cartoonist, Tandberg won 11 Walkley Awards, a Melbourne Press Club Quill Award and the National Museum of Australia’s political humour award.

Bevan Shields, federal editor and Canberra Bureau chief for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, announced on Twitter this afternoon Tandberg had been suffering from oesophageal cancer.

He was 74 years old.

Late last year, Tony Wright wrote about Tandberg’s battle with cancer. It came after the cartoonist drew a cartoon which depicted Leondaro Da Vinci, Van Gogh and Rembrandt on a wall in a gallery, next to a man in pyjamas holding a hospital IV pole.

Alex Lavelle, editor of The Age, described Tandberg as a “great friend and “inspiration” to staff and readers.

“His cartoons expertly captured with simplicity and clarity the essence of life and politics in Melbourne and around the world. Not only was he a world-class cartoonist, he was a world-class human being,” Lavelle said.

“You couldn’t help but feel better about life after a conversation with Ron. Even during these impossibly hard few months while he was battling cancer, he maintained his extraordinary sense of humour and was still drawing a few days ago.”

Tributes have been flooding in since the announcement:

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