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Paddington Bear author Michael Bond left family, including his ex-wife, £9.2million

PADDINGTON author Michael Bond left a staggering £9.2 MILLION in his will.

And the star writer even made sure his ex-wife – whose teddy bear inspired the children’s hit – was looked after following his death.

Bond, who died last June aged 91, sold 30 million books in 30 languages.

His stories of the bear from Peru that came to live in London also led to two films, making him wealthy beyond his wildest dreams.

Ex-BBC cameraman Bond bought a teddy bear from Selfridges on Christmas Eve 1956 for first wife Brenda as a stocking filler – calling it Paddington after the station he travelled through each day.

The pair later split in the 1970s and Bond married for a second time, to widow Susan, in 1981.

After tax and outstanding affairs were settled, Bond left £6.7 million in trust for widow Susan and children Anthony Barwell and Karen Jankel.

Bond’s goddaughter Louise O’Hara was also named as a trustee, as was an unnamed charity.

The author said Paddington saved him from suicide when became overwhelmed with work in the 1970s.

His first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958 and was followed by an animated TV show.

Bond, of Little Venice, West London, died at home after a short illness.

He began his career as an engineer’s assistant and served in the RAF and Army until 1947, stationed in Cairo.

Bond was made an OBE in 1997 and a CBE in 2015 and left his personal possessions to his will’s executors – asking them to hand them to friends and family according to his wishes.

He is survived by Sue, their two children and four grandchildren.

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