THE children's author whose novel 'The Sheep-Pig' inspired the film 'Babe' has died at the age of 88.
Dick King-Smith -- beloved for bringing pigs, dogs and hares to life in more than 100 books -- passed away in his sleep on Tuesday at his home near Bath, England, his agent said.
Born in 1922, he fought in World War Two before spending 20 years as a farmer. His books, dubbed "farmyard fantasies", have been translated into 12 languages and sold over 15 million copies worldwide. They mainly focused on pigs, though in an interview Mr King-Smith said: "Fond as I am of pigs and admiring their beauty and great intelligence, I have to say the best pet is a dog, especially if it's beautiful, affectionate, and biddable."
He is survived by his second wife Zona, three children, 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. (© Independent News Service)