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Miffy in mourning: creator Dick Bruna dies at the age of 89

Miffy in mourning: creator Dick Bruna dies at the age of 89
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By Catherine Hardy with REUTERS
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The Dutch artist and children's author Dick Bruna has died at the age of 89. His much-loved cartoon rabbit Miffy has sold more than 80 million books since its creation in 1955.

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The Dutch artist and children’s author Dick Bruna has died at the age of 89.

His much-loved cartoon rabbit Miffy has sold more than 80 million books since its creation in 1955.

BREAKING: Dick Bruna, the creator of cartoon white rabbit Miffy, has died in his sleep aged 89 https://t.co/HfQYawpNREpic.twitter.com/zq1KyAzZNK

— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) February 17, 2017

Miffy

Bruna created the character to entertain his infant son after seeing a rabbit in the dunes while on holiday at the seaside.

He went on to relate the giant-eared, orange pullover-wearing bunny’s adventures in more than 30 books that were sold worldwide.

Miffy, known as Nijntje in Dutch, was his best-known creation.

A sad day for Miffy fans everywhere as Dutch children’s author Dick Bruna dies at the age of 89 #Miffy#DickBrunapic.twitter.com/fRvAVHhLZm

— World Book Day UK (@WorldBookDayUK) February 17, 2017

James Bond and Maigret

Born in 1929 into a family of publishers, Bruna began his career as an illustrator of covers for books including Ian Fleming’s James Bond series and the Inspector Maigret thrillers of Georges Simenon.

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