Dave Creek, the lead character designer on Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers,” died Thursday following a skydiving accident, according to a statement from Fox Entertainment and Bento Entertainment. He was 42.
“We are heartbroken at the tragic passing of Dave Creek, an extraordinary artist who had been with Bob’s Burgers from day one,” in the statement provided by Alexandra Gillespie and shared to the official “Bob’s Burgers” Twitter account. “He was not just an incredible talent but a beautiful person as well, and our hearts go out to his family, friends, and all his colleagues at the show who loved him and are grieving today.”
Creek’s credits on the series date back to its first episode on Jan. 9, 2011 titled “Human Flesh” up until Season 9’s “Better Off Sled,” according to IMDb. He’s also worked on “Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown,” “Central Park” and “Brickleberry.”
Creek’s colleagues took to Twitter to pay their respects to their friend.
Simon Chong, a director on “Bob’s Burgers” lauded Creek as a “brilliant and talented man.”
“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,” Chong wrote.
Wendy Molyneux, a writer on the animated series, 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.”
Lizzie Molyneux, also a writer on the series, wrote: “The world lost an amazing talent and wonderful human being this week. Dave Creek was truly one of the best.”
The news comes as the animated series celebrates its 10 year anniversary.
Creek is survived by his parents Melanie Creek Sardo, David Creek and stepmother Lorraine Creek as well as his siblings, Robert Creek, Stephanie Creek and Aleasha Ramsay.