SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Charles M. Schulz, the cartoonist who delighted the world with the adventures and adversities of Charlie Brown, his friends and a dog named Snoopy, died on Saturday. He was 77.
Schulz, who was diagnosed with colon cancer and suffered a series of small strokes during emergency abdominal surgery in November 1999 and announced his retirement a few weeks afterward, died in his sleep at about 9:45 p.m., his son Craig Schulz said.
His wildly popular comic strip, ``Peanuts,'' made its debut on Oct. 2, 1950. The travails of the ``little round-headed kid'' and his pals eventually ran in more than 2,400 newspapers, reaching millions of readers in 68 countries.
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