Jan Berenstain, who co-created The Berenstain Bears with her husband Stan (pictured above next to her), has passed away due to stroke.
The 88-year-old children's book author died in her Pennsylvania home on February 24, a day after suffering a major stroke.
The author published her first Bears book in 1962. 50 years and over 300 more books later, her son Mike says she was still hard at work up until the very end, explaining:
"Every day she was very productive. She was working on two books and had been doing illustrations until the day before she passed away."
It's always unfortunate to see someone go, but we'd like to think she is in a better place with her co-author hubby, who died in 2005.
Both creators of the beloved book series may be gone, but their spirit will live on through the impressive work they created and continue to inspire more generations of children because their son has confirmed he'll pick up where his mother left off.
Rest in peace, Jan!