- American producer and television writer Ken Spears has passed away at the age of 82
- Spears was popular for his active role as a co-creator of the much-loved cartoon, Scooby-Doo
- An official announcement was made on the Scooby-Doo Instagram account after the producer’s son, Kevin, confirmed the news of his passing
Fans of the Mystery Inc. from Coolsville mourn a titan of the television industry as Hollywood confirms that one of the co-creators of Scooby-Doo passed away.
The American producer and co-creator of Scooby-Doo, Ken Spears, passed away at the age of 82 after battling complications from Lewy body dementia, BBC News reports.
The same media reported that the producer’s death was confirmed by his son, Kevin, during a chat with The Hollywood Reporter. Kevin said his father bade the world goodbye on Friday, 6 November.
Warner Bros. president, Sam Register, also confirmed Spears' passing in a statement which extended condolences to his family.
"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."
A post was also dedicated to Spears on the official Scooby-Doo page on Instagram. The caption read:
"Thank you, Ken Spears, for co-creating a classic animated series that continues to impact generations."
Read more condolence messages below:
"Thank you, ken. You will be missed."
"RIP Ken and thank you for creating part of my childhood."
"Thank you Ken Rest In Peace."
"Thanks for creating the greatest cartoon of all time, Ken."
"Rest in peace we will live on in your honour!!!"
In other Hollywood news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on The Rock collaborating with Xbox to give kids in hospitals something to look forward to this holiday season.
The biggest guy in Hollywood has proven, once again, that he's got a heart to match. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is no stranger to a kind surprise or grand gesture, often filming the recipients of his gifts and sharing the footage with his Instagram followers.
His latest effort in his bid to transform into "Dwanta Claus" sees him partnering with Microsoft and Xbox. The star announced that he first got involved with the gaming console after Bill Gates included him in its initial launch 20 years ago.
This year, The Rock collaborated with Xbox on the latest edition of the gaming system, the Series X for a special version called THE ROCK XBOX Series X. Johnson's video showed the new console off but also revealed that they would be installed not in stores but in children's hospitals across America.
The entertainer went on to say that the console was specifically intended to make 50 000 children going through chronic illnesses have a slightly easier time as they spend the holiday season in hospital. The Rock explained to his 200 million followers that he was launching the brand new Series X to the world, but that the special editions were for the kids who "show me and the world what real strength means".
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