Raymond Briggs has died at the age of 88. He is best known for his classic snowman. His death was confirmed by his family. They said on social media “he was much loved and will be deeply missed”.
Ranging from the enchanting magic of The Snowman to a devastating apocalypse in When the Wind Blows, Briggs created a host of much-loved characters including his angst-ridden Fungus the Bogeyman and his curmudgeonly version of Father Christmas.
A career spanning six decades brought him numerous awards, with television adaptations making him a fixture of British Christmas viewing.
“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,” they said, in a statement on Wednesday.
The Snowman was turned into a Bafta TV award-winning animated TV film in 1982.
Hilary Delamere, Briggs’s literary agent, said: “Raymond liked to act the professional curmudgeon, but we will remember him for his stories of love and of loss”.
I know from the many letters he received how his books and animations touched people’s hearts. He kept his curiosity and sense of wonder right up to the last.
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Briggs’ original wordless children’s picture book, The Snowman, finished the runner-up for the Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year’s best children’s book illustration by a British writer.
“I never thought about being a gold-framed gallery artist and was only pushed into painting when I went to art school,” he told the Guardian in 2004. “I went there wanting to do cartoons.”