"There's two very large holes in the cartoon universe tonight. The
Australian's Bill Leak died on Friday, and now Murray Ball.
"Murray was prolific. His
Footrot Flats captured the true essence of NZ farm life. But farm life is virtually the same the world over, hence, it quickly became a household icon both here and abroad.
"I can remember sitting with a bunch of cartoonists in the Santa Rosa [California] studio of
Peanuts creator, Charles Schultz a few years ago. Schultz was the master but he had nothing but the highest praise for the 'Dog from NZ'. 'Sheer brilliance' he said laughing. It was more than that. How lucky are we to have had the pleasure of Murray Ball's home-grown genius to entertain us when we needed it most."
President of the Australian Cartoonists Association Jules Faber also shared a tribute for Ball.
"It is with great sadness that the ACA received the news of the death of Murray Ball," he said.
"It is always heartbreaking when a cartoonist of such standing and with such a contribution to popular culture passes away. However, we are left with his enormous legacy to cartooning from his childrens' book to his books for adults through to his so well-beloved series for everyone,
"Murray was a great influence to many Australian cartoonists and will be long remembered by his friends across the sea here in Australia.
"On behalf of the ACA I extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Pam, and children."
Fans have taken to social media to farewell Ball, who died at his rural Gisborne home. He is survived by his wife, Pam, and children. Pam told Radio New Zealand in an interview in January last year that he has been suffering from Alzheimer's and that his health has been poor the past six years.
"Thank you, Murray, for the daily dose of joy," one woman posted on Facebook.
Another man expressed his sadness as the loss of a "legend".
"RIP Muzza. Your stories of Wal and the Dog will live forever," he said.
Another poster said he grew up reading Ball's cartoons, and had a whole collection of his comic books.
"He inspired me to do my own drawing and write my own cartoon strips when I was younger. Heartbreaking that he is no longer with us."
Others took to Twitter to post their messages of ''RIP''.
"There can be few folk in the last 30/40 years to have bought so much laughter to New Zealanders as Murray Ball, Dog & Horse," one person tweeted.
"RIP Murray Ball," said another.
"My Grandad gave me every single
Footrot Flats as a child and I absolutely loved them. You hugely shaped Kiwi culture."
The Kiwi cartoonist was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002 for services as a cartoonist.
The Manawatu man settled in Gisborne and began working on his comic in 1975.