ALBERT UDERZO, co-creator of the beloved comic book character Asterix the Gaul, has died aged 92.
The French press quoted family members as saying that the cartoonist suffered a heart attack in the Paris suburb of Neuilly.
Asterix, portrayed as a short man always wearing a helmet with wings, was created in the early 1960s by Mr Uderzo and René Goscinny.
He lived in a village in Gaul — present-day France — resisting Roman conquerors, along with his plump friend Obelix. They got their superhuman strength from a magic potion created by druid Getafix.
‘Albert Uderzo died in his sleep at his home of a heart attack with no links to coronavirus,’ his son-in-law Bernard de Choisy said. ‘He had been very tired for several weeks.’
Mr Uderzo initially illustrated the characters. But he took over the writing duties when his co-creator Mr Goscinny died in 1977. More than 2million fans visit an Asterix theme park near Paris every year.