Albert Uderzo, co-creator of Asterix, loses his life | AP

Albert UderzoOne of two creators of the endearing comic book character Asterix who captured the spirit of the Gauls of old and gained worldwide recognition, he died on Tuesday at the age of 92.

Relatives of the creator shared that the cause of his departure was a heart attack in the suburb of Neuilly, just outside Paris, French media reported.

Asterix, portrayed as a short man who always wears a winged helmet, was created in the early 1960s by Uderzo and Rene Goscinny. The hero lived in a town in Gaul, today France, resisting the Roman conquerors along with his inseparable friend, the burly Obelix.

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On November 5, 1977, when Uderzo had much of the “Asterix in Belgium” story drawn, Goscinny died.

From that moment until the end of that volume, Uderzo drew rain. A gray, intense, sad rain.

Today it was his turn. Rest in peace, Uderzo. pic.twitter.com/Qi4AWnyUTT

– Kevin R. Wittmann (@kr_wittmann)
   March 24, 2020

Albert Uderzo m4r! Ó while sleeping at his home in Neuilly from a heart attack unrelated to the coronavirus. He had been very tired for several weeks, his son-in-law Bernard de Choisy said, according to the French press.

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Albert Uderzo, co-creator of the stories of Asterix and Obelix, has died. A great loss for all of us who have spent more than half a life with him. May Tutatis keep him. pic.twitter.com/tzy6JVOJbE

– Jules (@CensoredJules)
   March 24, 2020

Uderzo initially illustrated characters created alongside writer Renee Goscinny. After Goscinny’s death in 1977, Uderzo also took on the role of writer of comic books.

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Albert Uderzo, creator of Asterix and Obelix, has left us together with René Goscinny. His legacy is a whole saga of adventures in which they knew how to combine humor with touches of history that brought the Roman world closer to everyone. pic.twitter.com/eroqfaPCrZ

– Ancient Rome a Day (@antigua_roma)
   March 24, 2020

A comic-book-inspired theme park outside Paris draws tens of thousands of fans of the iconic resistance hero and his strong henchman Obelix.