David J. “Dave” Bell, legendary Hot Rod artist from Falcon Heights, Minnesota died peacefully in his sleep, the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association has reported.

Bell’s death on Saturday evening, May 5, 2012, is being mourned by countless friends, associates and admirers worldwide. His humorous black & white cartoon’s filled the pages of industry magazines and posters for decades which led to a unique style that was revered by hot rodders and motorcyclists internationally.

Bell had the ability to incorporate hot rodding’s colorful characters, their cars and the latest trends into his art. He contributed a monthly cartoon/column called “Henry Hirise” to STREET RODDER MAGAZINE among others, leaving readers eager to see what he’d draw and talk about next. He worked on numerous projects for Goodguys over the years and was a great fan of the late Goodguy Bill Burnham.

Bell suffered a heart attack on April 18th and while in the hospital was diagnosed with brain cancer. “Dave was an integral part of our industry and Street Rodder magazine since its inception,” said SRM editor Brian Brennan. “He never missed a deadline in all those years. He was a great guy, had a great personality and an incredible talent that made Street Rodder better. We will miss a good friend of 40 years…”

Bell's work was featured in several hot rod magazines.

Originally of Austin, Minnesota, he is preceded in death by his parents, Jack & Louetta Bell. Dave is survived by his beloved wife and best friend Lynn, sister Barbara Widtfeldt, stepchildren Steve Kuefler, Jeannette Silverman, Patti Dickhudt, Tom Kuefler, & Chris Kuefler, 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Visitation is set for  4-8 p.m. on Thursday May 10th, 2011 at The Roseville Memorial Chapel at 2245 North Hamline Ave. (1 block south on Highway #36 Roseville, 55113 651/631-2727). Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Fri. May 11th at ST. Rose of Lima Catholic Church at 2048 No. Hamline Ave. followed by a reception. Private interment later. Memorials are preferred.