'The Snowman' children's author Raymond Briggs dies at 88

Raymond Briggs and 'The Snowman' in Hyde Park, London. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP) Raymond Briggs and 'The Snowman' in Hyde Park, London. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP)

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