Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dead at 91

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Michael Bond. Photo: Photoshot/2012 Photoshot

Michael Bond, creator of the renowned children’s book character of Paddington Bear, has died at his home at age 91 after a short illness, according to his publisher HarperCollins. Bond published his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, in 1958, and has since published dozens more stories about the extremely polite, Wellington-boots-and-duffel-coat-wearing bear, who totes around his trademark suitcase, comes to London from Peru, and loves to eat marmalade. Paddington appeared in BBC and Hanna-Barbera TV shows in the 1970s and ’80s, and in a film adaptation, where he was voiced by Ben Whishaw, in 2014; a sequel is out this year. Paddington books have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide, and the most recent installment, Paddington’s Finest Hour, came out in April.

Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dead at 91