Tom and Jerry: Gene Deitch the award-winning director of iconic cartoon dies at 95

Tom and Jerry: Gene Deitch the award-winning director of iconic cartoon dies at 95

- The Oscar award-winning Gene Deitch passed away in his apartment in Prague

- Gene's Czech publisher, Petr Himmel, said that the director died unexpectedly

- Gene directed 13 episodes on the famous cartoon and also some from another favourite series Popeye

One of the directors of famed children's cartoon, Tom and Jerry, has died at the age of 95.

The Oscar award-winning Gene Deitch, whose full names are Eugene Merrill Deitch, passed away on Thursday, April 16, in his apartment in Prague, Czech Republic.

According to Daily Mail, Gene's Czech publisher, Petr Himmel, said that the director died unexpectedly.

Gene directed 13 episodes on the famous cartoon show and also some from another favourite series Popeye.

Gene is survived by his wife and three of his sons from his first marriage.

It is amazing to note that all of his remaining family are all cartoonists following in their father's footsteps.

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Gene is said to have worked as a draftsman for North American aviation before joining military and pilot training as reported by Daily Mail.

The late was discharged for medical reasons and he decided to stay in Prague where his illustration career began.

Gene's movie Munro won an Oscar Academy Award in 1960 for Best Animated Short Film.

Later on, he received two nominations for different movies in 1964.

Fans on social media offered their condolences while remembering his great work in comedy and animations.

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