I just heard this on the news. I know he had many fans here:
Maurice Sendak: Author of 'Where the Wild Things Are' dies at 83 - Washington TimesDANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Maurice Sendak, the children’s book author and illustrator who saw the sometimes-dark side of childhood in books such as “Where the Wild Things Are” and “In the Night Kitchen,” died early Tuesday. He was 83.
Longtime friend and caretaker Lynn Caponera said she was with Mr. Sendak when he died at a hospital in Danbury. She said he had suffered a stroke on Friday.
“Where the Wild Things Are” earned Mr. Sendak a prestigious Caldecott Medal for the best children’s book of 1964 and became a hit movie in 2009. President Bill Clinton awarded Mr. Sendak a National Medal of the Arts in 1996 for his vast portfolio of work.