The comics world lost a great talent today with the tragic suicide of Brazilian artist Al Rio at the age of 49. Best known for his lovely and provocative renderings of women, Rio burst into public consciousness of comic fans when he succeeded J. Scott Campbell as the penciler on Gen13 with issue #21 in August 1997. Over the course of his career, Rio worked for virtually every major comics publisher on a range of characters and titles that included Captain America, Grim Fairy Tales, Heroes for Hire, Spider-Man, Star Wars, X-Men, Vampirella, and WildC.A.T.S. Among his most recent work was Marvel's New Mutants Forever on which he collaborated with Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod. Contributions may be made to his family through Kickstarter and condolences may be sent via David Campiti or Terry Maltos.