Albert Uderzo, one of the two creators of the beloved comic book character Asterix who grew a reputation worldwide, died on Tuesday at age 92.
It was reported by the family members that Uderzo died of a heart attack in the Paris suburb of Neuilly.
Asterix was created in the early 1960s by Uderzo and Rene Goscinny. The character looks like a short man with a droopy mustache always wearing a helmet with wings.
“Albert Uderzo died in his sleep at his Neuilly home of a heart attack with no links to the coronavirus,” the French press quoted his son-in-law, Bernard de Choisy, as saying. “He had been very tired for several weeks.”
Fans offered thanks on social media and recollections of childhood memories reading the Asterix comic books whose fan base includes adults.
The books have also been translated into dozens of languages.
Asterix-based spinoffs include movies and a theme park outside Paris that draws tens of thousands of fans of the iconic resistance hero and his mighty sidekick, Obelix.