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"
Obviously we know Joker is never going to be (permanently) killed off since he's one of the most iconic characters in comics...BUT, looking at it strictly through logical purposes, he should've been dead a long time ago.