Born in Feilding in 1939, Mr Ball became one of New Zealand's most successful cartoonists.
His widow, Pam Ball, said he died at home at 11.30am today , surrounded by family.
"[He was a] wonderful, wonderful man and we're all feeling very sad. It was extremely sad to see him go but he's looking very peaceful now," Mrs Ball said.
Their three children and grandchildren are all at the family home, as well as Murray's brother Barry and close friends, she said.
"We were all here as he actually passed away."