Are Rumors Behind Chris Achilleos’ Cause of Sudden Death True?
Many condolences have been shared due to the artist’s passing on December 9, 2021. Stay a little longer to learn more about him to see if he really passed away and if so, what was Chris Achilleos’ cause of death related to?
We learned the tragic news from a tweet by Dr. Arnold T Blumberg, writing: “RIP and farewell to Chris Achilleos, an artist who helped to make the experience of discovering the vast universe of #DoctorWho via the Target novels so exciting and memorable.”
DWAS ONLINE announced as well: “It is with enormous sadness we have learned of the sudden passing of legendary artist Chris Achilleos. Christos was a great friend of Society and will be missed by so many. We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to Tasha, his family, and all his friends.”
According to his website, Mr. Achilléos was a Greek Cypriot-born British who was a well-known and talented illustrator, painter, and movie conceptual artist.
“He was SO influential in my formative days as a young Dr. Who fan.”
He grew up in a rural village near the town of Famagusta in Cyprus, but after Chris’s father passed away in the late fifties, he moved to London with his mother moved along with her four children.
In 1966, he left school, although as he wanted to become a professional artist, he planned to attend the Hornsey College of Art. He studied technical illustration there as well as learning about various drawing disciplines, airbrushing, and perspective.
The beloved artist became proficient with the airbrush, known as a skill that proved very useful in his later career as a professional illustrator during his last year at college.
He has successfully created some of the best-loved fantasy and glamour art and is acknowledged as one of the top fantasy artists in the world over the past 40 years, staying in this career.
To name a few of his art projects:
- Beauty and the Beast
I am constantly on the move, creatively, I have learned to use all kinds of mediums and materials in my work, from airbrushing with inks and acrylics, to watercolour and gouache, to oils. I have even painted with fabric dyes.Chris Achilleos
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What was Chris Achilleos’ Cause of Death?
As it’s reported, Chris Achilleos’ cause of death was health-related, and he has passed away due to a sudden illness; however, nothing yet has been confirmed, not denied by any close sources. Make sure to visit the website more often not to miss the latest updates.
Tony Lee expressed: “Gutted to learn that Chris Achilleos passed away on Monday after a sudden illness. Utterly crushed. He was taken way too soon. One of the loveliest men I’ve ever met, and he’ll be missed.”
One tweeted: “Very sad news about Chris Achilleos. I worked closely with him when I designed his book Amazona while I was still at Titan. He was kind and gracious and always full of good ideas. I even got to visit his house* which was, as you can imagine, covered in his fantastic artwork. RIP.”
Martin O’Gorman said: “I met Chris Achilleos in the 90s at some convention and was genuinely star-struck. I’d spent so many hours as a kid trying to copy his style (dot by dot) and told him so. “You sad man,” he said. Well, I wouldn’t be this sad if it wasn’t for his evocative artwork. Thanks, Christos.”
The legend’s works have been published in Heavy Metal and Radio Times magazines and on book covers as well, such as series based on the Conan the Barbarian character, TV’s Doctor Who, and Star Trek, not mentioning that he had participated in Heavy Metal and Willow as a conceptual artist which can be considered as his several film projects.
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More Reactions to Chris Achilleos’ Death:
Marc G shared his condolence by saying: “Farewell, Chris Achilleos, RIP. It was incredible to have the guy who’d created the favorite fantasy covers of my teenage years illustrating the books I worked on, including the cover of my Titan: the Fighting Fantasy World sourcebook.”
Wales Comic Con: Telford Takeover tweeted: “We are truly saddened to hear that Doctor Who artist; Chris Achilleos has passed away. Chris was just with us as a guest last month and was in great spirits, excited to meet the fans over the weekend – Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this time. #RIP.”
Another shared: “We very sadly have to inform everyone that our wonderful friend and client Chris Achilleos passed away on Monday. It has been a joy bringing the fantasy art painter and his wife to conventions over the years. Our thoughts are with his wife Tasha and the whole family.”
ΞÐШΛЯÐ expressed: “I am so sad to hear that the incredibly talented Chris Achilleos has passed away. The art he created for the Doctor Who Target range in the 1970s formed such a part of my childhood and inspired so much beyond. It was an honor to be able to celebrate his work in 2015.”
A fan wrote: “All these amazing Target covers whizzing through my timeline. Impossible to pick a favorite. But this one remains hugely overlooked. Thanks, Chris Achilleos. For all you did for us kids.”
Jonathan ‘Halloween Lasts ’til Xmas’ L. Howard said: “Very sorry to hear Chris Achilleos has died. Hard to overstate what an impact his Target covers for the early #DoctorWho novelizations had upon me back in the early ’70s. I used to just sit there and study them closely for ages.”
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I was so shocked and saddened by the tragic news of Cristos passing, He was a lovely man and a great a loss to his family all who knew him and the art world in general his artwork was superb and unique . I only met him once at LONCON where we were on a panel.He was also a Facebook friend and we shared many jokes etc, He has gone far too soon but his art lives on.he has left a great legacy to the art world and will not be forgotten! i am proud to have known him however slightly. RIP.
Thank you for sharing your experience and your kind words. It means a lot to us. May the world never forget such legends, and may he rest easy in love and peace.