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Paddington Bear creator dies at 91

Jarrod Sierocki

Celebrities embraced their inner child as they arrived at the TCL Chinese Theatre in LA for the Paddington Bear Movie premiere. The event proved to be quite the family affair as some celebrities were joined by their children.

Michael Bond poses with a soft toy version of Paddington Bear in 2015. Picture: AP

MICHAEL Bond, the creator of children’s literary character Paddington Bear, has died aged 91 following a short illness, publisher HarperCollins says. Bond died at home in the UK.

Born in Newbury in 1926, Bond began his career at the BBC.

He was inspired to create Paddington after seeing a teddy bear in a shop window on his way home from work and buying it as a stocking filler for his wife in 1956.

First appearing in the 1958 story A Bear called Paddington, the character was named after the London railway station where he was found, having arrived from “deepest, darkest Peru” according to Bond’s famous description.

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