Renowned French cartoonist and co-creator of “Astérix”, Albert Uderzo, has died at the age of 92.
Uderzo’s son-in-law, Bernard de Choisy told French-based news agency, Agence France Presse, that Uderzo “died in his sleep at his home in Neuilly, after a heart attack that was not linked to the coronavirus”.
Choisy also stated that Uderzo was “extremely tired for the past several weeks”, preceding his death.
Created in 1959 alongside French writer Réne Goscinny, Astérix follows the titular character, a Gaulish warrior, who fights to protect his village from The Roman Empire.
Astérix’s historical hijinks proved to be successful as the comic series would go on to be translated into more than 100 languages and adapted into tv shows, films, video games, and even an amusement park.
Albert Uderzo, along with Réne Goscinny and their whimsical brainchild, “Astérix”, have proven to be influential not only in the comic book world but in the hearts of many over the past couple of decades.