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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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IceGypsy    

Ahh Thanks for all the great stories Jan, RIP

878 days ago
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Hey Girl Haaay    

Thank you for all the memories and for you contribution to my childhood. Reading your books is one of my fondess memories at a child. Your stories will live on with my kids one day. We love you.

878 days ago
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MUNA    

I'm from Saudi Arabia
I remember this series since childhood would come in English and Arabic
I loved both languages
Thank her for not making this cartoon

878 days ago
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