Author and illustrator Dick Bruna.
Author and illustrator Dick Bruna. Supplied

Miffy creator Dick Bruna dies aged 89

CHILDREN'S author Dick Bruna, best known as the creator of the much-loved cartoon rabbit Miffy, has died aged 89.

His publisher Mercis said Bruna died peacefully in his sleep in the Dutch city of Utrecht.

Hendrik Magdalenus Bruna was a Dutch author, artist, illustrator and graphic designer.

The cartoon rabbit character Miffy, created by Dick Bruna.
The cartoon rabbit character Miffy, created by Dick Bruna. Supplied

He wrote and illustrated 124 books, but Miffy - known as Nijntje in the Netherlands - was the most popular.

There are 32 books about Miffy, which Bruna authored and illustrated, with about 85 million copies sold since the character's creation in 1955.

A museum in Utrecht dedicated to Miffy tweeted: "Today the sad news reached us that Dick Bruna has died."

 


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