The co-creator of the cartoon series Scooby-Doo, Ken Spears, 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.
His son, Kevin, confirmed that Spears died in Los Angeles on Friday.
Also confirming his demise, Warner Bros President, Sam Register in a statement 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 humour 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 honoured to carry on the legacy of his beloved characters.”