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Maurice Sendak, the author of one of the most popular children’s books of all-time, has passed from complications related to a stroke. He was 83.

A writer and an illustrator, Sendak rose to prominence in 1963 with the publication of “Where the Wild Things Are.” It was made into a movie in 2009.

Sendak’s reputation grew over time as someone with frank opinions and a dark sense of humor. His works often featured especially angry, rebellious young children and he made headlines against in January during an appearance on The Colbert Report (excerpted in the following video), during which he said:

“I don’t write for children. I like them as few and far between as I do adults.”

Maurice Sendak on The Colbert Report

Sendak resided with his partner, psychiatrist Eugene Glynn, for 50 years before the latter died of lung cancer in 2007. We send our thoughts to his loved ones.