Beloved children's book writer Eric Hill has died, aged 86.
The Brit, best known for creating the Spot The Dog series, passed away at his home in California following a brief illness.
A statement from his family reads, "Although this time of loss is a great hardship for us, we can honestly say that we take some solace in the joy he brought to so many children and families through his work. We know Spot, and therefore Eric, has had a beloved presence in so many homes and bedtime readings. And we know we share our grief with many."
Hill worked as a designer and illustrator before coming up with the iconic Spot The Dog character for his son. The first book he wrote, Where's Spot, was published in 1980 and went on to become a sensation and a children's reading staple.
The book series also spawned a spin-off TV show, which aired in both Britain and the U.S. with notable American stars including Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Haley Joel Osment providing the title character's voice.
Hill was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in Queen Elizabeth II's 2008 New Year's Honours List.