Children's book legend Jan Berenstain -- who co-created the Berenstain Bears -- died Friday at 88-years-old after suffering a stroke ... this according to her family.
Jan and her husband Stan Berenstain created the Bear family -- Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear and Sister Bear -- back in 1962 ... when they published their first book, "The Big Honey Hunt."
Since then, they fired out more than 300 stories.
According to Jan's son, Jan suffered a severe stroke on Thursday and died the following day.
Stan died back in 2005 at the age of 82.
They are survived by their sons and four grandchildren.
'Berenstain Bears' Creator
Dead at 88
2/27/2012 8:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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