Lebanon's leading caricaturist Pierre Sadek who was famous for his decades of work poking fun at politicians has died. He was 76.

State-run National News Agency says Sadek died Wednesday after a long sickness.

A graduate of the Lebanese Academy for Fine Arts, Sadek worked for several local newspapers, including An-Nahar. In 1986, he became Lebanon's first caricaturist to do his drawings on TV as part of the main evening newscast.

He had several publications including "Laugh with Pierre Sadek at Politicians."

In his drawings, Sadek expressed the viewpoint of the Lebanese citizen, always depicted wearing the traditional costume of black baggy pants and a red cap.

Sadek rarely spared any politicians from his criticism in his drawings, which were published during and after the country's 1975-90 civil war.