Children's author Maurice Sendak died on May 8, from complications relating to a recent stroke. (AP/USA Today)
(USA Today) -- Famous and beloved children's author Maurice Sendak has died at age 83 in Danbury, Conn.
The New York Times reports the cause was complications from a recent stroke, said Michael di Capua, his longtime editor.
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Sendak was known for more than a dozen picture books he wrote and illustrated himself, most famously Where the Wild Things Are, published by Harper & Row in 1963. The tale told the story of naughty boy Max, who is sent to his room without supper and finds an adventure there.
And he sailed off through night and day
and in and out of weeks
and almost over a year
to where the wild things are.
One of the funniest recent moments with Sendak came courtesy of Stephen Colbert who interviewed the author at his home on a variety of subjects.