Scooby-Doo co-creator Ken Spears dies aged 82

Ken Spears, the co-creator of Scooby-Doo has died at the age of 82, from complications related to Lewy body dementia.

Spears co-founded Ruby-Spears Productions and created the much-loved character alongside Joe Ruby, who died In August,

The TV writer and producer’s son, Kevin Spears, told Variety: ‘Ken will forever be remembered for his wit, his story-telling, his loyalty to family, and his strong work ethic.

‘Ken has not only made a lasting impression on his family, but he has touched the lives of many as 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, who died on Friday, had joined Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1959 as a sound editor where he met Joe Ruby and struck up a writing partnership.


The pair created the original animated series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! that ran from 1969 until 1970, which later spawned several films and 50 years of stories.

The adventure series followed the cowardly Great Dane, Scooby-Doo, who helped solve spooky mysteries alongside his sidekick Shaggy and their teenage pals Daphne, Velma and Fred.

Ruby-Spears Productions, which they founded in 1977, produced several animated series including Superman, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Thundarr the Barbarian.

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Warner Bros Animation and Cartoon Network Studios president Sam Register said in a statement: ‘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.’

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