Ken Spears, Scooby-Doo co-creator dies at age 82.
Ken Spears, who, with his artistic collaborator Joe Ruby, created the Scooby-Doo animated characters, died of complications from Lewy body dementia.
Their original show, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! only ran for two series from 1969-1970, but established a template that spawned 50 years of stories.
The death of Spears comes three months after that of Ruby, his co-creator.
Kevin, his son, reported to The Hollywood Reporter that Spears had died on Friday in Los Angeles.
“Warner Bros. Animation is saddened to learn of the passing of Ken Spears and we send our warmest thoughts to his loved ones.
“He was a true innovator in the industry whose gifts of humour and storytelling continue to delight audiences,” Warner Bros said in a statement.
“You cannot find a screen in the world that has not played a version of Scooby-Doo. We continue to be inspired by his work at Warner Bros. Animation and are honoured to carry on the legacy of his beloved characters,” Warner Bros said in a statement.
The official Scooby-Doo Instagram account paid tribute after his death was announced.
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