Hilman Hariwijaya, author of iconic teen series ‘Lupus,’ dies at 57

Writer Hilman Hariwijaya, creator of popular teen series Lupus, passed away this morning. He was 57 years old.

“Innalillahi wa innailaihi rojiun (We surely belong to God, and to Him we will return). Condolences on the passing of our good friend Hilman Hariwijaya, author of novels for teenagers Lupus and scenario of sinetron (Indonesian soap opera) Ikatan Cinta today at 8:02 a.m.,” read a message received by local media.

Hilman’s health has reportedly declined since late last year, as shown in his final Instagram posts in late December 2021, in which he posed with his Spider-Man and family action figures as he lay in a bed. hospital.

His death was confirmed by his ex-wife, sinetron actress Nessa Sadin, in a post with their daughters.

“Please forgive the mistakes of the deceased,” Nessa wrote in the caption.

Hilman’s best friend, fellow writer Gola Gong, said he suffered a mild stroke in the past year. After his remarriage, he fell ill again.

“With a heavy heart, I lost my best friend,” Gola said.

Lupus first appeared in a short story published in a teen magazine hated in 1986. He was portrayed as a student and young magazine reporter who lives with his mother, Mami, and younger sister Lulu. Written by Hilman with Gusur Adhikarya and Boim Lebon, Lupus was later developed into novels and became a cultural phenomenon in the 80s and into the 90s.

Lupus was synonymous with chewing gum and her ’80s mullet hair, which Lulu called a bird’s nest. The series has garnered a number of spin-offs such as Luluas well as prequels, Lupus Kecil and Lupus ABG, which portrays the protagonist in elementary and middle school, respectively. There were at least five film adaptations and one sinetron of the series.

After Lupus, Hilman had published a number of novel series as well as scripts written for films and sinetrons over the years, such as dealova (2005) and Cinta Fitri (2007).

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