'Paddington Bear' Author Michael Bond Passes

LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — Michael Bond, the British author who brought the beloved children's character Paddington Bear to life, died at his home in London on Tuesday. He was 91.

Bond's death was announced by his Harper Collins, which said that he had died after a short illness. It did not specify a cause of death.

Bond lived near London's famed Paddington Station, which provided the name for his famed bear in his first children's novel “A Bear Called Paddington,” published in 1958.

Since then, Paddington was featured in more than 20 books, as well as television and film adaptations.

In addition to the Paddington stories, Bond also penned numerous other children's books, including the Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Olga da Polga series.

Mr. Bond was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1997, and then a commander of the order in 2015, for services to children’s literature.

Bond is survived by his second wife Susan Marfrey Rogers, as well as a daughter, Karen Jankel; a son, Anthony; and three grandchildren.