Heartbreaking news in from the world of animation, the co-creator of Scooby-Doo, Ken Spears has tragically died.
Spears was vital to the creation of the iconic animated TV show and subsequent films and will be sadly missed.
Spears helped to create Scooby-Doo with fellow co-creator Joe Ruby.
'Scooby-Doo' Co-Creator Ken Spears Dead at 82 https://t.co/ZntYEB2Kvn— TMZ (@TMZ) November 9, 2020
A statement was shared by Spears’ family in the wake of his death at the age of 82.
His son, Kevin Spears, says his father passed from complications stemming from Lewy body dementia.
I just found out that Ken Spears passed away today at the age of 80. Along with his late partner Joe Ruby, he went on to work on some of the most iconic cartoons ever including creating Scooby-Doo. Both Ruby and Spears will seriously be missed. pic.twitter.com/abHZkBBI11— Animated Antic (@Animated_Antic) November 9, 2020
Ken will forever be remembered for his wit, his story-telling, his loyalty to family, and his strong work ethic.
Ken has not only made a lasting impression on his family, but he has touched the lives of many as co-creator of Scooby-Doo. Ken has been a role model for us throughout his life and he will continue to live on in our hearts.
Rest in peace.
Our thoughts go out to the Spears family during this hard time.