CBR has reported that writer Dwayne McDuffie has passed away from complications due to a surgical procedure.

McDuffie started as part of the Marvel editorial staff in the late 80’s, and later went on to become a fulltime freelance writer and writing for several companies including Marvel and DC. He is best known for creating the Milestone Media brand in 1993, with the goal to expand the role of minorities in comics.

Later McDuffie moved into the world of DC Animation, where he wrote, edited, and produced on several properties including Static Shock and Justice League. More recently he was involved in writing for DC Animations’s direct to video animated movies including Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and All-Star Superman which coincidentally was released today.

DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio had this to say about McDuffie:

“Dwayne McDuffie left a lasting legacy on the world of comics that many writers can only aspire to. He will not only be remembered as the extremely gifted writer whose scripts have been realized as comic books, in television shows and on the silver screen, but as the creator or co-creator of so many of the much-loved Milestone characters, including Static Shock. The industry has lost a true talent.

Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and many friends he leaves behind.”

Our condolences to his friends and family. Let us know your favorite work or memories of McDuffie in the comments.