Annie writer Jay Maeder passes at age 67

From The New York Times:

Jay Maeder, a columnist and editor for The Daily News and The Miami Herald and the last writer of the comic strip ?Annie,? died on Tuesday at his sister?s home in Houston. He was 67.

The cause was cancer, his companion, Amanda Hass, said. He lived in Greenwood Lake, N.Y.

The Times notes that Jay also wrote ?Dick Tracy: The Official Biography? (1990) and contributed to ?The Encyclopedia of American Comics.?

He began writing Annie in 2000. The strip was retired in 2010.

Condolences to his family and friends.