Spears co-created Scooby Doo in the late 1960s
10 November 2020

Scooby Doo co-creator Ken Spears dies, aged 82

Scooby-Doo co-creator Ken Spears has died at the age of 82.

His son Kevin confirmed he had died as a result of complications related to dementia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Spears was a highly-respected writer, producer and editor in the TV industry

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Sam Register, President of Warner Bros Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, said: "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."

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! debuted in 1969 and has become an iconic children’s show over the years.

Spears’ death comes just three months after Scooby Doo co-creator Joe Ruby passed away from natural causes, aged 87.

The pair had worked together as partners in Ruby-Spears Productions for 60 years, overseeing animated hits such as Fangface, Mister T, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Superman.

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