Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dies
WINNIPEG, MB. — Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond has died.
He was 91.
Bond died Tuesday at his home. His publisher says the author battled a short illness.
The first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was released in 1958.
It was a massive success, spawning countless books, an animated children’s show, and two movies, the second of which will be released late this year.
Bond purchased a small stuffed bear who was sitting alone on a top shelf of a toy store.
He took it home as a stocking filler for his wife.
One day, he sat in front of a typewriter loaded with blank white paper and the story of Paddington came to be.
Bond is survived by his wife Sue, two children Karen and Anthony, and four grand kids.
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