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Only one fictional character was ever honored with a front page obituary in the New York Times: Hercule Poirot, one of Agatha Christie’s two recurring detectives. On August 6, 1975, the headline read: “Hercule Poirot is dead; Famous Belgian detective ”. Two months later, the last Poirot riddle ̵
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – famous creator of Sherlock Holmes – had enough of his own popular protagonist too, and once wrote: “I had such an overdose of him that I feel the same way about him as the pate de foie gras I am from once did it ate too much so the name still makes me feel bad to this day. “When Conan Doyle gave in to the temptation to murder his beloved character in 1893, the public outrage was so intense and persistent that the author ended up writing Holmes stories again, on the pretext that the eccentric detective had only faked his own death.