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Acclaimed Pink Panther animator dies at his home in Bristol

Richard Williams has died after a short illness at his home in Bristol. Credit: Getty Images

Richard Williams, the animator behind hit Hollywood films Roger Rabbit and the Pink Panther, has died at his home in Bristol.

The 86-year-old triple Oscar and triple Bafta winner, who was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Britain in the 1950s, died at his home in St Andrews, Bristol, on Friday (16 August).

His daughter said he'd been suffering from cancer:

He really was an inspiration to everyone that met him. Whether they were animators, or from the top to the bottom of society. An incredibly generous, warm-spirited person who really wanted to learn about the world.

– Natasha Sutton Williams
Williams was the animator-director for the hit Who Framed Roger Rabbit staring Bob Hoskins Credit: PA Images

Williams was the animation director on the 1988 blockbuster Who Framed Roger Rabbit? He won a Bafta as well as two Oscars for the film - one in the special academy award category and one for special effects.

He told the BBC in 2008:

I always wanted, when I was a kid, to get to Disney. I was a clever little fellow so I took my drawings and I eventually got in.

They did a story on me, and I was in there for two days, which you can imagine what it was like for a kid.

– Richard Williams, speaking to the BBC in 2008
Williams continued his career at the Bristol-based home of Wallace and Gromit. Credit: ITV News

His second studio was at Bristol-based Aardman Animations - the home of Wallace and Gromit.