Watership Down author Richard Adams dies

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Watership Down author Richard Adams has died aged 96, a statement on the book's official website has said.

He "passed away peacefully" at 10pm on Christmas Eve.

Richard Adams (PA)
Richard Adams (PA)

The statement said: "Richard's much-loved family announce with sadness that their dear father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at 10pm on Christmas Eve."

Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter, with many fans referencing the beloved story about a group of young rabbits escaping from their doomed warren.

Watership Down was published in 1972.