The co-creator of the popular cartoon, Scooby-Doo, Ken Spears has passed away at the age of 82. Spears reportedly died on Friday after complications related to dementia, according to TMZ.
His son, Kevin shared that Ken will forever be remembered for his wit, story-telling, loyalty to family, and strong work ethics. He said, “Ken has not only made a lasting impression on his family, but he has touched the lives of many as the 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.” His co-animation partner, Joe Ruby, died of natural causes in August.
Spears and Ruby worked for the famed Hanna-Barbera Productions, also created the popular series “Dynomutt” and “Jabberjaw.” The duo created their own production company and produced a number of animated series such as “Superman” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks” among others. Ken Spears was also a story consultant for the 1974 TV series, “Planet of the Apes.” He is survived by his two sons, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
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