According to the Associated Press, legendary children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died early this morning at 2:45am at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. Sendak suffered a stroke on Friday and never regained consciousness.
Sendak is best known for Where the Wild Things Are, the often-dark but always charming story of a Max, a mischievous boy who becomes king of the fantastical Wild Things. Where the Wild Things Are shaped and continues to shape the lives of many children worldwide, due entirely to Sendak's wonderfully absurd imagination and fearlessness to explore deeper, heavier themes.
Where the Wild Things Are was adapted into a masterful, poetic and heartbreaking motion picture by Spike Jonze in 2009, bringing Sendak's lovely tale a new audience.
Sendak was 83. He will be missed.
Sendak with Wild Things star Max Records at the NY premiere of Where the Wild Things Are