Cheburashka Creator Eduard Uspensky Passes Away at 80
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Russian news agency TASS reported on Tuesday that Russian writer Eduard Uspensky passed away on Tuesday, August 14. He was 80 years old.
TASS reported that Uspensky had been diagnosed with cancer, and was receiving medical attention as of August 9 after falling unconscious in his home.
Uspensky is best known for creating the Cheburashka character, which inspired Roman Khachanov's four stop-motion animated films based on the character, as well as GoHands' Cheburashka Arere? 2009 television anime, and the 2010 theatrical film. Makoto Nakamura also worked on the 2014 short "Cheburashka Dōbutsuen e Iku" (Cheburashka Goes to the Zoo).
Uspensky is also the creator of the Uncle Fyodor character, which began with his Uncle Fyodor, His Dog and His Cat novel in 1974, as well as numerous other children's books.