Famed Illustrator Maurice Sendak Dies At 83

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May 7 2012, Published 11:00 a.m. ET

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The children’s illustrator behind the iconic book Where The Wild Things Are has died.

Maurice Sendak died at his Danbury, Connecticut home 3 am ET Tuesday, after suffering complications linked to a recent stroke.

Sendak appeared on The Colbert Report earlier this year, saying, "There's something in this country that is so opposed to understanding the complexity of children."

Other books Sendak produced, all published by Harper & Row, include 1960's The Sign on Rosie’s Door, 1970's In the Night Kitchen and 1981's Outside Over There.

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The 1963 book Where The Wild Things Are has sold over 19 million copies including 10 million in the United States alone; it was released as a feature film in 2009.

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