Sad news and a horrible job of an obituary by CNN/AP. The focus is on what he was wearing, how he was mistreated, and how the "comic" will be disposed.
It can be better said that he was a major part of the success of the X-Men and had a great run with Chris Claremont. Marvel should honor him by selling a Legends trade featuring his 10 best issues.
---Quote--- "X-Men illustrator dies in Superman pajamas POSTED: 7:37 p.m. EST, November 28, 2006 Story Highlights• NEW: X-Men illustrator dies at 65 in his Superman pajamas • NEW: The comic will be cremated wearing a Green Lantern shirt, a friend says • Cockrum received no movie royalties from the "X-Men" films, a friend says"
First thing to note is...yes, this is indeed the official continuation of Angel. Bryan Lynch is writing, but Joss Whedon is also co-plotting and has indicated that these events occurred after the end of the final episode. With that...