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    Published November 10, 2020

    The co- creator of the popular cartoon , Scooby -Doo , Ken Spears has died at 82.

    His death comes less than three months after his animation partner, Joe Ruby , also passed away.

    Spears reportedly died on Friday after complications related to dementia, TMZ reports.

    His son , Kevin noted that Ken will forever be remembered for his wit, story -telling , loyalty to family, and strong work ethics .

    Kevin said , “ Ken has not only made a lasting impression on his family, but he has touched the lives of many as the 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’ animation partner , Joe Ruby , died of natural causes in August.

    Spears and Ruby , both of whom worked for the famed Hanna -Barbera Productions, also created the popular series “ Dynomutt” and “ Jabberjaw. ” But, undoubtedly they were most famously known for creating ‘ Scooby. ’

    The popular animated series first aired on CBS in 1969 with Ruby and Spears writing the first five episodes then editing and supervising the rest of that inaugural series .

    Scooby aired until 1976, but there have been a lot of spin -offs, reboots and movies .

    Spears was born on March 12, 1938. He grew up in L. A . and would end up befriending the son of William Hanna . He ultimately got hired at Hanna -Barbera in 1959 as a sound editor. It was during his time there he met Joe and turned a working relationship into a lifelong partnership .

    Spears and Ruby supervised CBS ’ Saturday morning cartoons line-up in the early 1970s . They were tasked with the same role at ABC .

    The duo created their own production company and produced a slew of animated series such as “ Superman ” and “ Alvin and the Chipmunks” among others .

    Spears wasn ’ t limited to just cartoons either. He was also a story consultant for the 1974 TV series , “ Planet of the Apes . ”

    Spears is survived by his two sons, five grandchildren and three great - grandchildren

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