- American producer and television writer Ken Spears has passed away at the age of 82
- Spears was popular for his active role as a co-creator of the much-loved cartoon, Scooby-Doo
- The late producer’s son, Kevin, confirmed the news of his passing
- An official announcement was also made on the Scooby-Doo Instagram account
It is indeed a sad time in Hollywood as the industry has once again lost one of its brilliant minds to the cold hands of death.
The American producer and co-creator of Scooby-Doo, Ken Spears, passed away at the age of 82 after battling complications from Lewy body dementia, BBC News reports.
The same media reported that the producer’s death was confirmed by his son, Kevin, during a chat with Hollywood Reporter.
Kevin said his father bade the world goodbye on Friday, November 6.
Also confirming his death, Warner Bros. president, Sam Register, in a statement extended condolences to his family.
"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."
A post was also dedicated to Spears on the official Scooby-Doo page on Instagram. The caption read:
"Thank you, Ken Spears, for co-creating a classic animated series that continues to impact generations."
See the post below:
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Read more condolence messages below:
"Thank you, ken. You will be missed."
"RIP Ken and thank you for creating part of my childhood."
"Thank you Ken Rest In Peace."
"Thanks for creating the greatest cartoon of all time, Ken."
"Rest in peace we will live on in your honour!!!"
In a related Hollywood death story, Legit.ng reported that 70-year old actor and Tony-award winning performer, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, was shot to death in Atlanta, Georgia.
The actor was found by police in the early hours of Saturday morning, unresponsive and with multiple gunshot wounds. Byrd was well-known for his performances in Spike Lee films and the director took to Instagram to mourn the loss of his friend and fellow artist.
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