"I stood in front of that little red-haired girl and I saw how pretty she was... Suddenly I realized why Chuck has always loved her, and I realized that no one would ever love me that way... I started to cry, and I couldn't stop. I made a fool out of myself, but I didn't care! I just looked at her and I cried and cried and cried... I have a big nose and my split-ends have split-ends, and I'll always be funny-looking and I think Iím going to cry again..."
He ended the strip in a proper send-off strip to his newspapers and viewers. It was a coincidence that this last strip went out the day before he died, but it's too easy to believe it wasn't. He knew he was failing in health anyway so he probably planned the strip at the right time semi-accurately.
Here's the last strip◊. If you had ever been alive and seen a comics page before the year 2000, it should have been enough to bring a tear to your eye. If you had grown up as a fan of the series... Let's just say that five generations of American comic readers all wept from the sheer emotion of it all the day this was published.
One interview late in his life was recorded on video and it was played on news channels the day on his death. When talking about the characters, he said that Charlie Brown never got to kick that football.... and then he repeated it... and then cried. For a minute straight. It shows just how much the characters were really the most important part of the job to him.