Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington bear, has died at home at 91 following a short illness, it was announced today.
The author lived in the Little Venice area of West London, near Paddington train station which inspired his famous character, with his 74-year-old wife Sue.
The writer became a beloved giant of children's literature after his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958 about the bear from Peru who wears a blue coat and loves marmalade.
English author Bond wrote 150 books in total, with 25 additional books about Paddington following his first effort.
Speaking in April, he said: 'Paddington sees things very straight and very simply. If you think about how he would react, it's probably the right way.'