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Dick King-Smith dies in his sleep

6th January 2011

Children's author Dick King-Smith, the creator of the popular character Babe, has died at the age of 88.

The prolific author, whose children's books include The Sheep-Pig, The Fox Busters, The Queen's Nose and The Water Horse, passed away in his sleep on Tuesday (January 4th).

A statement issued by Caradoc King, the novelist's agent at AP Watt, explained that the writer had been in poor health for several years, but did not elaborate on the exact cause of his death.

Noting that King-Smith received an OBE for services to children's literature in 2004, his agent commented: 'He enjoyed a successful career late in life in which he won numerous awards, published more than 100 books and sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.'

The author is survived by his second wife Zona, three children, 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, the statement added.

Several of King-Smith's works were adapted into successful screen productions. The Sheep-Pig was turned into the 1995 film Babe, while The Queen's Nose became a long-running BBC TV series.
 

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