- The Oscar award-winning Gene Deitch of Tom and Jerry fame passed away in his apartment in Prague
- Gene's Czech publisher, Petr Himmel, said that the director died unexpectedly
- Gene directed 13 series of the famous cartoon and also some from another favourite series, Popeye
One of the directors of famed children's cartoon, Tom and Jerry, has died at the age of 95.
The Oscar award-winning Gene Deitch, whose full name is Eugene Merrill Deitch, passed away on Thursday, 16 April in his apartment in Prague.
According to The Daily Mail, Gene's Czech publisher, Petr Himmel, said that the director died unexpectedly.
Gene directed 13 series of the famous cartoon show and also some from another favourite series, Popeye.
Gene is survived by his wife and three of sons from his first marriage.
Of special note is that all of his remaining family members are cartoonists, following in their father's footsteps.
Gene is said to have worked as a draftsman for North American aviation before joining the military and pilot training, as reported by The Daily Mail.
He was discharged for medical reasons and he decided to stay in Prague, where his illustration career began.
Gene's movie Munro won an Oscar in 1960 for Best Animated Short Film.
He also received two nominations for different movies in 1964.
Fans on social media offered their condolences while remembering his great work in comedy and animation.
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