Dave Creek, the lead character designer on Bob’s Burgers, died over the weekend at the age of 42 in a skydiving accident. Creek worked on Bob’s Burgers, the popular show created by Loren Bouchard centred on the Belcher family and their hamburger restaurant from 2011. His animation credits also include Central Park, Brickleberry and Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown.
“We are heartbroken at the tragic passing of Dave Creek, an extraordinary artist who had been with Bob’s Burgers from day one,” 20th Television, Fox Entertainment and Bento Box Entertainment said in a statement. “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.”
“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,” tweeted Bob’s Burger writer Wendy Molyneux.
Bob’s Burgers director Simon Chong tweeted, “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”
Creek was a keen skydiver. The designer’s other great passion was creating detailed treehouses around bonsai plants, which he recorded on his blog religiously. He is survived by his mother Melanie Creek Sardo, father David Creek, and siblings Robert Creek, Stephanie Creek, and Aleasha Ramsay.