Asterix co-creator and illustrator dies aged 92

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Albert Uderzo, who drew the world-famous Asterix comics, has died aged 92.

His family said he "died in his sleep at his home in Neuilly in France after suffering a cardiac arrest unrelated to the coronavirus".

According to his son-in-law, "he was very tired for many weeks". 

The Italian-born illustrator created Asterix in 1959 with the fellow Frenchman and writer Rene Goscinny.

He handed over the reins to Jean-Vyes Ferri and illustrator Didier Conrad after working on the comic series for 52 years.

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