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Cabu is a  popular cartoonist, a famous media draftsman and a french comic books writer. He died tradgically in January 2015 during the shooting that happened in the headquarter of the newspaper offices he worked for « Charlie Hebdo ».


He tells you his story…



My name is Jean Cabut, known as CABU. Born in Châlons-sur-Marne in January 13th, 1938. I started my carrier in 1954 realising drawings in the local newspaper called l’UNION of Reims.



In the 60’s, I move to Paris and I start working for different newspaper like « Hara Kiri » & « Pilote » This is at that time, that I create the character, which became very famous, « Grand Duduche » young awkward man, inspired by my memories from when I was in high school (a student) in Châlons.


Right after the newspaper « Hara Kiri » was banned from publishing, I start working for « Charlie Hebdo » with my (cartonnists) draftsmen friends like Gébé and Wolinski. While being a journalist, I also drew 20 comics books and started working on television with Dorothée (a famous french TV hostess) in the show « Récréa 2 » where I draw my sketch live.

In the year 2000, I am the subject of many exibitions, portraits and television coverages.


I am one of the 12 victims shot during the terrorist attack happened at « Charlie Hebdo’s » headquarter , I die tragically on January 7th 2015. I am buried in my home town, Châlons-en-Champagne at the Ouest Cimetry »


Cimetière de l'Ouest
1 boulevard Léon Blum
51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

48.959429 4.358698

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