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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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melissa b    

I loved those books as a kid. At least she lived a long life and has left a legacy behind. RIP and condolences to her family.

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melissa b    

Loved those books as a kid. At least she lived a long life and has left a legacy. RIP and condolences to her family and friends.

908 days ago
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Joe    

We have several of the books. The last one my son asked to read last week was Home Sweet Tree.

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NightOwl    

RIP. I loved those books; the Bears were one of the first books I liked to read by myself. She contributed to my love of books, when I have children I hope they will learn to love to read those books as much as I did.

908 days ago
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Kelly    

Holy shizzay; 300 stories! The estate must be worth many millions!!

908 days ago
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JC30    

I highly recommend Stan and Jan's biography, "Down a Sunny, Dirt Road". There's was not only a classic story of success, but one of love as well. Rest in peace, and thank you for all of the happiness you brought to children.

908 days ago
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Roxy    

That is one of my favorite cartoons, i can watch those all day, so sorry the creator passed.

908 days ago
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michelle    

Awwwwww, condolences to her family. Now that's one lady who did her family proud. Thanks for all the wonderful books you've created. I will treasure them in a whole new way with my children.

908 days ago
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Best Mom    

Bernstain books were the best! I saved all of my son's Berenstain books - looking forward to passing them on to my grandchildren someday! Thank you, Berenstains, for giving children wholesome books that always had a kind, positive message.

908 days ago
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alliexpants    

:(
those were my favorite books/show as a kid.She lived a good life and I hope she rests in peace

908 days ago
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tippy katz    

SAD. but I have to say I never like the illustrations. Sorry, have to say it. always hated those bears!

908 days ago
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Thetruth    

Was she a Jew?

908 days ago
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Amber    

I loved the Berenstain Bears growing up!!! RIP and thank you for the wonderful memories!

908 days ago
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Tiffany    

R.I.P Jan,You can now see Stan again...

908 days ago
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Luz    

And that is so sad!! Berenstein Bears is a wonderful children's series! Thank you, Jan, for your wonderful insights. RIP

908 days ago
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