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Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies

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    Image caption More than 35 million Paddington books have been sold worldwide

    Michael Bond, the creator of beloved children’s character Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91.

    He died at his home on Tuesday following a short illness, a statement from his publisher Harper Collins said.

    Bond published his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, in 1958.

    The character, a bear from Peru who comes to live in London, went on to inspire a series of books, an animated TV series and a successful 2014 film.

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