SCOOBY-Doo co-creator Ken Spears has died at the age of 82.
This comes just three months after Ken’s animation partner Joe Ruby died of natural causes.
Scooby-Doo co-creator Ken Spears has died after ‘complications related to dementia’Credit: Ken Spears
This comes just three months after Spears’ creative partner Joe Ruby passed away from natural causesCredit: Refer to Caption
Together the pair created the iconic cartoon of four pals and their dog solving mysteriesCredit: Refer to Caption
According to Variety, Spears reportedly died Friday after “complications related to dementia.”
His son, Kevin, told the outlet: “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.”
Spears and Ruby founded Ruby-Spears Productions, and while they were also the minds behind cartoon programs like Dog Wonder and Dynomutt, they are of course best known for creating the group of friends and their dog that solved mysteries.
Scooby-Doo premiered on CBS in 1969Credit: Kobal Collection – Shutterstock
The program would run until 1976Credit: Refer to Caption
Scooby’s legacy has lived on in various spin-offs and filmsCredit: Refer to Caption
Scooby-Doo was first seen on CBS in 1969 as the creative partners wrote the first five episodes, but then transferred over to supervising the rest of the iconic series.
Scooby and his pals aired until 1976, but was soon followed by various spin-offs and films.
Aside from creating shows, the two friends also produced well-known cartoons such as Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure-Hour, Superman and more.
Ruby, who passed away on August 26 at the age of 87, was married to his wife Carole for 63 years, and they had four children and 10 grandchildren.
Spears is survived by his sons Kevin and Chris, his five grandchildren, and his three great-grandchildren.
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