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'Berenstain Bears' Creator

Dead at 88

2/27/2012 8:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jan Berenstain died Friday at 88-years-old after suffering a stroke
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.

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Phreaky    

So sad - my daughter's favorite books when she was little. Read them to her so much her and I both had them memorized. RIP and thank you Berenstain family for the memories.

884 days ago
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the real diva    

she lived a long life. so sad. msy she rest in peace.

884 days ago
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CJ    

Slow news day?

884 days ago
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RaffyBStatenIsland    

Awful news! Me and my parents all grew up on their books. If I ever have kids, so will they.

884 days ago
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RaffyBStatenIsland    

Here's a more detailed story on her, from Comunitee.com. http://www.comunitee.com/comunitee/showComuniteeBarArticle.do?articleId=2876524&keywordId=46269&topCategoryId=5

884 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Aw. Rest in peace, dear lady.

I have a copy of Bears in the Night from when I was little, it's all beat up and I drew pictures on the blank pages. I still love it.

884 days ago
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TiffC    

It's about time.

884 days ago
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Seldombinlaid    

R.I.P. Jan. God Bless you, and your family at this time. You left behind something for us to remember you by:)

884 days ago
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gutsygirl    

As a former teacher I can attest to the joy the Berenstain Bears brought to my students. There was always a moral to the story that we discussed afterwards. Their favorite was The Spooky Old Tree storybook and audio tape; always a Halloween favorite. She has left this world a better place.

884 days ago
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Cujeaux    

She kinda looks like a Berenstain Bear herself.

884 days ago
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Arcadia Rink    

R.I.P. Jan Berenstain

884 days ago
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JiLL1    

Love the Bernstein Bears. So cute that Mr & Mrs Bernstein's names rhyme --Jan and Stan. Mrs Bernstein had a nice , long life

884 days ago
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Polly    

I think we all read one of the Berenstain Bear books at one time or another. Thank you, Jan.

884 days ago
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javier     

i grew up reading her books in elementry and part of middle school

884 days ago
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Sarafina    

Sad news, my kids loved their books (and PBS show) when they were younger. I enjoyed the good lessons and values in their messages. R.I.P. Mrs. Berenstain.

884 days ago
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