CHILDREN’S author Jill Murphy has died after a cancer battle aged 72.
Murphy, who famously wrote The Worst Witch books, passed away in Cornwall with her son Charlie and niece Isabelle at her side.
Paying tribute, Charlie said: “I feel beyond lucky to have had a mum like mine and it’s impossible to summarise the ways her absence will be felt.
“She had a depth of character, a warmth and a life force like no other. I miss her so much already.”
Murphy was best known for her series of eight illustrated The Worst Witch books, which focused Mildred Hubble as she attended Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches.
The popular franchise was turned into a TV show of the same name that ran between 1998 and 2001 starring Felicity Jones and Una Stubbs.
Murphy is also remembered for her picture books – including the Large Family series.
The novels were about an elephant family and their domestic chaos.
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