TINTIN creator HERGE may have died of AIDS following a blood transfusion, according to his biographer. Herge - real name Georges Remi - died officially of leukaemia in 1983, but Belgian biographer Philippe Goddin suggests the cause of death could have been from AIDS. Goddin reveals in his biography, due to be published this autumn, the cartoonist had weekly blood transfusions towards the end of his life in a bid to cure a rare congenital illness. The writer believes the transfusions were "without doubt the origin of the flus, pneumonia and bronchitis which repeatedly hit Herge" and that he could have been an undiagnosed victim of AIDS.