WASHINGTON (AP) _ Gibson Crockett, a former longtime editorial cartoonist for the defunct Washington Star, died of heart ailments Friday at a hospital in suburban Bethesda, Md. He was 86.

Crockett joined the newspaper as an apprentice to cartoonist James Berryman in 1933 and after serving as a sports cartoonist joined the editorial page staff in 1948, alternating with Berryman. He was the sole cartoonist from 1965 until retiring in 1975. The Star ceased publication in 1981.

Crockett also illustrated the program covers for Army-Navy football games for 41 years until 1984.

He leaves his wife, Florence, a daughter and two grandchildren.