Ken Spears has passed away at the age of 82. He was best known for co-creating the 1969 animated series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You. According to reports, Ken died on Friday (6th November) due to complications related to Lewy body dementia.
Ken Spears Was The Last Scooby-Doo Creator Alive
The news came only months after first co-creator, Joe Ruby died at the age of 87 on 26th August. Ruby and Spears created many shows for Hannah-Barbara Productions before launching their own company, Ruby-Spears Productions in 1977.
Iowa Takamoto, who also worked with them in Hannah-Barbara Productions, died on 8th January 2007. The series attracted a lot of viewers for his sense of humor amid scary situations. It became one of the best carton shows of the 90s, when it started to air on Cartoon Network.
Animators Describe Ken Spears Death As Loss for Catoons World
Animators outpoured their grief on social media after learning that all creators of the horror-comedy series were dead. They were already feeling the pain of losing Ruby and now Spears has also passed away.
They remembered the plethora of amazing cartoons that both of these artists created. Besides Scooby-Doo, the list of their most popular cartoon series include: The Centurions, Turbo Teen, Mega Man, Alvin And The Chipmunks, Superman (1988, with Warner Bros.), and Mister T
Their death is unfortunate but the fact that they both always stuck together in life and death, was something special for their long-term admirers.
Some remade their favorite animated dog in their own style to pay a tribute to Spears.
Cartoon Fans Remembering Their Childhood
It was certainly sad to see an entire childhood dwindling away gradually. One fan highlighted how everybody related to the Scooby franchise had died and the only ones left were Indira Stefanianna Christopherson (Voice for Season 1 Daphne Blake) and Frank Welker (Voice of Fred Jones)
Some of the fans shared pictures of their favorite cartoon shows by the duo. All four of these cartoons show Spears work as an innovative artist who perfectly blended humor and storytelling to win the audience.
They thanked Ken Spears and Joe Ruby for creating a show that stayed with them throughout the best moments of their life.