Author Richard Adams has passed away (Picture: Tom Smith/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Author Richard Adams has died at the period of 96.

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His daughter evidenced the author’s pass on Tuesday.

His finest known publication Watership under was an initial published in 1972, and also follows a group of rabbits searching for a brand-new home after your old one is ruined by humans.

It was turned into an animated film in 1978 i m sorry is widely related to as being as well traumatic for children, v its scenes of graphics violence and also death.

It additionally became a children’s television display in the so late 90s featuring an every star cast that included Dawn French, Kiefer Sutherland, Stephen Fry and John Hurt.

As news that Adams’ death broke, pan of the publication shared their memories of as soon as they first read the story.

Most supplied a memorable quote stated by key character Hazel.

"My heart has joined the thousand, because that my friend stopped running today." Richard Adams ??

— sarah Elizabeth (
loopyvirgo) December 27, 2016

" my heart has actually joined the thousand, for my friend stopped running today. " — remainder in peace mr. Adams, reallisonbrookephotography.comgnize you influenced so lot in me.

— raphael hamato (
stuutbot) December 27, 2016

My heart has actually joined the Thousand, for Richard Adams has stopped to run today.

— allisonbrookephotography.commfort and JoJo (
jojoseames) December 27, 2016

Watership Down developed my world view as a child more than any type of other media. "My friend quit running today". RIP & say thanks to you #RichardAdams

— sarah (
SarkeBeeley) December 27, 2016

It’s a blessing for the characters’ dead as soon as they join others who have died before them.

Some thanked Adams for motivating their love of books and reading.

RIP Richard Adams. Watership Down and The pester Dogs were together a significant reason because that my love the reading

— richard sunbury (
Finesse1967) December 27, 2016

At bedtime mine dad would check out me chapters native Watership Down once I was 7 years old. Richard Adams fed and also fired my imagination. RIP.

— stuart petch (
thelightoutside) December 27, 2016

Sad to hear about Richard Adams. #watershipdown was one of my favourite publications as a kid and also probably assisted inspire mine love that reading.

— ahouseofbooks (
ahouseofbooks) December 27, 2016

While for others Watership down is still one of the every time great novels.

Just saw around Richard Adams. Watership Down has been my favourite book because I was about 12. Masterfully written.

— picture Marten (
Martenface) December 27, 2016

Richard Adams has actually died. As if the town hall Watership down wasn"t sad enough while he was alive. Beautiful writer. Ideal animated film ever made.

— rob Crossan (
crossantravels) December 27, 2016

Watership Down. Among the ideal novels the the 20th Century. #Richard Adams

— Daren Carpmail (
DCarpmail) December 27, 2016

Watership down is my favorite publication ever.

Bless you, Richard Adams. Ns hope you knew peace. Pic.twitter.allisonbrookephotography.comm/IG2RLxMw55

— David O (
davido222) December 27, 2016

Watership Down is among the greatest novels ever written, the personalities have stayed with me because that decades. Adams was an all-time great. Https://

— Ruben Castaneda (
RCastanedaWP) December 27, 2016

Adams, native Berkshire, additionally wrote The afflict Dogs and also Shardik.

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A Watership Down-dedicated website called Watership down Enterprises, released a statement i m sorry said: ‘Richard’s much-loved household announce with sadness the their dear father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed far peacefully at 10pm on Christmas Eve.’

They additionally posted a i from the publication which reads:

It seemed to Hazel that he would not it is in needing his body any type of more, for this reason he left that lying top top the sheet of the ditch, yet stopped for a minute to clock his rabbits and also to try to get used to the extraordinary feeling that strength and speed to be flowing inexhaustibly out of him right into their sleek young bodies and also healthy senses.

‘You not needed worry around them,” claimed his allisonbrookephotography.commpanion. “They’ll be alright – and thousands choose them.’

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