The creator of the beloved children’s character Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, has died after a short illness. He was aged 91. A Bear Called Paddington was his first book; the marmalade-loving bear from deepest, darkest Peru was published in 1958. The author kept writing until his death. His latest Paddington story-Paddington’s Finest Hour, was published in April.
A statement from publisher HarperCollins said: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Michael Bond, CBE, the creator of one of Britain’s best-loved children’s characters, Paddington, died at home yesterday aged 91 following a short illness.”
His daughter, Karen Jankel said: “It’s a shock to everybody. For me, he was the most wonderful father you can imagine, so obviously our loss is personal. But it’s wonderful that he’s left the legacy of his books and Paddington that will live on for ever, which is really very special. The whole world is lucky to have had him … Paddington himself is so real to all of us. He’s still a part of our family and we’re very lucky.”