Maurice Sendak has passed away due to complications from a stroke, reports the New York Times. Born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn to the son of a dressmaker on June 10, 1928, Sendak would go on to create some of the most memorable and profound “children’s” books of all time. These included Where the Wild Things Are (winner of the Caldecott Medal), Chicken Soup with Rice, In The Night Kitchen, and Brundibar, an adaptation of a Czech opera staged 55 times by children in the Terezin concentration camp. Earlier this year, Sendak participated in an interview with Stephen Colbert, in which he told the pundit character, “I don’t write for children. I write, and somebody says, ‘That’s for children.'” Those who grew up holding Sendak close, those who are adults now, surely feel that truth. R.I.P. Maurice Sendak. Watch one of his last interviews with Stephen Colbert after the jump.