Steve DillonGlyn Dillon, brother of Preacher co-creator Steve Dillon, announced on Twitter this morning that his brother had died at age 54. Said Glyn on Twitter: “Sad to confirm the death of Steve, my big brother and my hero. He passed away in the city he loved (NYC). He will be sorely missed.”

Steve Dillon created Preacher with Garth Ennis in 1996, and the character finally moved from the comics, where it had a 75-issue run, to the Seth Rogen- and Evan Goldberg-produced AMC hit show last year.

Seth Rogen tweeted today: “Devastated by the loss of Steve Dillon. My favorite comic artist who drew my favorite comics. RIP.”

Evan Goldberg tweeted: “One of comics greatest artists, creator of Preacher Steve Dillon has passed away. I grew up worshipping his work. Still do. He’ll be missed”

Other expressions of grief and loss are being shared across the web by people influenced personally or professionally by Preacher or by Dillon’s other work on comics like Hellblazer. The hashtag #SteveDillon is alive on Twitter with tributes from friends and fans alike, and the @PreacherAMC Twitter account is retweeting sentiments from those who knew and worked with Dillon.

The Hollywood Reporter reported on Dillon’s passing with a look back on his body of work, which most recently included a new Punisher series with writer Becky Cloonan.

Leona Laurie