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Bob’s Burgers lead character designer Dave Creek dies after skydiving accident

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Dave Creek died after sustaining injuries in a skydiving accident (Picture: Twitter)

Bob’s Burgers character designer Dave Creek has died following a skydiving accident.

The industry artist died on Thursday morning after sustaining injuries in a skydiving accident last weekend. 

Creek’s colleagues and friends have shared their shock and tributes online, with Bob’s Burgers director Simon Chong tweeting: ‘Today we tragically lost our Lead Character designer and friend, Dave Creek. A wonderfully brilliant and talented man who I can guarantee designed your favourite character on Bob’s at some point. I’ll miss you, buddy x.’

Wendy Molyneux, a writer on the show, wrote: ‘If you love Bob’s Burgers, you loved Dave Creek. He was an adventurous funny outgoing amazing artist and one of the most incredible, interesting people I ever met. I often thought that Dave really knew how to live, and I wish he got to live some more. Rest In Peace, buddy. ‘

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Creek was a keen skydiver and shared pictures and videos from his jumps on Instagram.

His last post came on December 28, showing him freefalling from above, and featured the caption: ‘Steep little break-off at 5,000ft.’

Creek was a graduate from the California Institute of Fine Arts, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in 2005, and had taught a film workshop in the school’s character animation department since 2015.

He worked on the critically acclaimed Fox animated series Bob’s Burgers since its first season, which aired in 2011, as the lead character designer.

Creek was a freelance animator before he was approached by the show’s producer, and told Keyframe magazine: ‘I just lucked out [on] timing and knew the right people.’

He also had animation credits on the Michael Cera movie Youth In Revolt, Brickleberry, and Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, and was a character designer on four episodes of Central Park.

As well as animation and skydiving, one of Creek’s biggest hobbies was creating intricate treehouses around bonsai trees.

Creek shared his incredible treehouses, each of which took thousands of hours to create, on social media.

Speaking about his projects, he said: ‘When you’re working on them, you can’t really think about much else’, and added: ‘It’s really great seeing people get swept away when they look at them. They automatically just light up, whether they’re eight years old or 80.’

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