“Watership Down” author Richard Adams dies at 96

Richard Adams, author of the children’s book “Watership Down,” among other works, has died at the age of 96. Adams daughter confirmed his death Tuesday.

Adams released “Watership Down,” his first novel, in 1972. The book is set in southern England and is about a small group of rabbits. The tale highlights the rabbits as they escape the destruction of their burrow and look for a new home, encountering perils and temptations along the way.

The BBC reports Adams’ death was marked with a passage from his best-known work.

“It seemed to Hazel that he would not be needing his body any more, so he left it lying on the edge of the ditch, but stopped for a moment to watch his rabbits and to try to get used to the extraordinary feeling that strength and speed were flowing inexhaustibly out of him into their sleek young bodies and healthy senses.

“You needn’t worry about them,” said his companion. “They’ll be alright – and thousands like them.”‘