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Children’s Book Author Jill Murphy’s Cause of Death at 72


Sadly, the children’s book author has died at the age of 72. The beloved author Jill Murphy’s cause of death is revealed as cancer. She was well known for her book series “The Worst Witch.”

Her son Charlie confirmed Jill Murphy’s death as he and his niece Isabel were at her side when she passed away in Cornwall.

Author Jill Murphy died of cancer at 72
Author Jill Murphy passed away after years of battling cancer

Her son said in a statement: “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.”

According to her publisher, Jill Murphy died on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

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Author Jill Murphy’s Cause of Death

The beloved children’s books author was battling with illness for years. Cancer is reportedly Jill Murphy’s cause of death at 72.

She was best known for her series of eight illustrated Worst Witch books, focusing on Mildred Hubble when he attended Miss Cuckle’s Witch Academy.

The popular story has become a television show of the same name that aired between 1998-2001, starring Yuna Stubs and Felicity Jones. Murphy is also remembered for her picture books, especially the “Large Family series.” This novel was about the elephant family and their private problems.

Jill Murphy passed away after a long battle with cancer
Jill Murphy died of cancer at the age of 72

The Large family series began in 1986 with Five Minutes Peace and was sold more than five million copies around the world and was adapted for TV.

Jill started writing The Worst Witch while she was at school but put the book on hold while she attended Chelsea and Croydon Art Schools. At the time she first started offering her book to publish, publishers had told her that “Children would be frightened about a school for witches.”

The book finally got accepted by publishers Allison and Busby where they print 5,000 copies. It was sold out within two months of publication. Since then, Jill has also designed picture books, including:

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Reactions to Jill Murphy’s Death

Several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.

An online user tweeted: “Ah, Jill Murphy has died. The Large Family books were much read in our house and still quoted years after our kids were too old for picturebooks*. She brought so much joy. Actually, you can never be too old for picture books.”

One fan wrote on Twitter: “How sad, RIP Jill Murphy. I loved the Worst Witch books as a child and passed on that love to my sons who love them too.”

Another wrote: “So sad to hear about Jill Murphy. Children I taught loved her stories. I think I know her books off by heart, having read them for 20 years. I probably still need the pictures to help, though, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

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  1. Lynda Morrison August 21, 2021

    So sad to hear about the death of Jill Murphy. We were at the Ursuline Convent School together, in the same class. She was always fun to have around and had a wonderful smile. I had followed the success of The Worst Witch series, loosely based on our schooldays at the convent, and had always meant to reconnect with her sometime. Lives being what they are, it was something I never got around to and which I now regret. My condolences to her family. Rest in Peace, Jilly.

    1. US day News August 21, 2021

      So sorry for your loss. You are really lucky that you had spent time with this wonderful author, Jill Murphy. Condolences to you, her family, and her friends.


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