John Rogers, San Diego Comic-Con International’s president, died on Saturday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 57.
Rogers is the longest-serving president of Comic-Con International.
“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of John Rogers, President of Comic-Con,” the company posted on its social media and on its website this weekend. “John died on Saturday, November 10, 2018 as a result of complications from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.
“As our longest serving president, first elected in 1986 and re-elected every year since, John’s tenure saw Comic-Con grow from a select gathering of fans to the largest and most prestigious convention of its kind in the world.”
Rogers was with Comic-Con from 1978 and before becoming its president, served both as a Technical Coordinator and Films Coordinator.
Though Rogers is somewhat low-key, usually ignoring interview appearances, he appears on the final day of Comic-Con, answering fan questions during “Comic-Con Talk Back” panel.
He is survived by his wife Janet Tait, a sister Barbara, and a brother David. “In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to The American Brain Tumor Association or the American Civil Liberties Union.”
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of John Rogers, President of Comic-Con.
John died on Saturday, November 10, 2018 as a result of complications from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. pic.twitter.com/qQnLsCvIjH
— San Diego Comic-Con (@Comic_Con) November 10, 2018