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Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dead at 91


Paddington Bear Creator

Michael Bond

Dead at 91

6/28/2017 6:24 AM PDT

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Michael Bond — the creator of the cuddly Paddington Bear that sparked a series of famous children’s books — has died.

Bond’s publisher HarperCollins announced the author died Tuesday in his home following a short illness. Bond’s first book in 1958 — “A Bear Called Paddington” — sparked a hugely popular series of children’s books, an animated TV series and, ultimately, the successful 2014 flick.

The books alone were a worldwide phenomenon … selling more than 35 million copies. There’s a sequel slated to be released later this year.

The marmalade-loving, friendly bear who traveled from the “deepest, darkest Peru” to London came about when Bond spotted a lonely teddy bear sitting on a shelf in a shop back in 1956. He called it Paddington because he was living near a station with the same name.

Bond was 91.