Tributes have been paid to a talented artist, the father of a Haddington woman.

Rod McKie died in hospital in Edinburgh on March 26, aged 63, after a brain haemorrhage following a stroke.

A cartoonist, his work was published in Playboy, The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal.

His daughter Kimberley Paton, who lives in Haddington with husband Edward, was among those paying tribute to the artist.

She said: “Every single human being on the Earth, he would have loved you and been kind to you and treated you equally to him. He was very unique, very quirky, very fun and obsessed with Kate Bush.”

Kimberley said that his death came as the family, including mum Lis, sister Dominique and brother Anthony, were getting ready to celebrate five years of him being cancer-free, after having cancer of the larynx.

The family launched a GoFundMe page to help with the costs of the funeral and to assist the family. Already, more than £2,500 has been raised.

The artist’s brain will now be used in the Linchpin study, which aims to find out more about intracerebral brain haemorrhages.

Kimberley told the Courier: “Roddy was an amazing man and we were just completely unprepared for his passing.

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