Scooby Doo Co-Creator Ken Spears Dies Aged 82
2020 Takes Another Childhood Hero
The year 2020 has taken away another childhood hero as the co-creator of the world's most famous animated series, Scooby-Doo, Ken Spears, is no more. With his passing, another part of our childhood is dead is tributes are pouring in for the person who co-created one of our famous after-school cartoon series.
Ken Spears, the co-creator of the cartoon series Scooby-Doo, has died at the age of 82. Spears, who created the animated characters alongside his creative partner Joe Ruby, died of complications from Lewy body dementia.
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Their original show, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, only ran for two series from 1969-1970, but established a template that spawned 50 years of stories. Children in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even in the 00s grew up watching the Scooby gang unearth thrilling mysteries and unmasking demons and criminals.
Spears' death comes three months after that of his co-creator, Ruby.
His son said:
"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."
Warner Bros president Sam Register said in a statement: "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 humor and storytelling continue to delight audiences.
"You cannot find a screen in the world that has not played a version of Scooby-Doo. We continue to be inspired by his work at Warner Bros. Animation and are honored to carry on the legacy of his beloved characters."