Raymond Briggs dead – The Snowman illustrator dies aged 88 | The Sun

BELOVED children's author Raymond Briggs has tragically died aged 88.

Briggs was best known for his 1978 Christmas classic The Snowman.

His heartbroken family announced he passed away yesterday in a statement.

They said: "We know that Raymond’s books were loved by and touched millions of people around the world, who will be sad to hear this news.  Drawings from fans – especially children’s drawings – inspired by his books were treasured by Raymond, and pinned up on the wall of his studio.

"He lived a rich and full life and said he felt lucky to have had both his wife Jean, and his partner of over 40 years Liz in his life."

His family told how Briggs enjoyed playing practical jokes and was known for his "irreverent humour".

They also said he shared his "sense of fun and craziness" with his family and artist friends at parties.

His family added: "Raymond was much loved and will be deeply missed by his step-children, and step- grandchildren, by his dearest friends, by his devoted carers and team, and by his wonderful neighbours.  

"His family would like to thank all of the team on Overton Ward at Royal Sussex County Hospital for their kind and thoughtful care of Raymond in his final weeks."

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