Q39 founder Rob Magee dies, leaving ‘indelible footprint’ on KC barbecue

Rob Magee, Q39 founder and a Prairie Village resident, died on Dec. 4 after a five-and-a-half year battle with colon cancer, according to a Q39 announcement. Above, Magee in front of Q39. Photo via Q39 Facebook.

Rob Magee, a barbecue circuit champion who used his years of experience behind the smoker to found the acclaimed restaurant Q39, died Dec. 4.

Magee, a Prairie Village resident, had battled colon cancer for the past five-and-a-half years, according to an announcement on Q39’s Facebook page. Q39 intends to continue Magee’s “commitment to BBQ” by sharing “his culinary passion,” according to the announcement.