Scooby-Doo co-creator Joe Ruby has died at the age of 87.
The writer and animator passed away from natural causes in Westlake Village, California on Wednesday (26Aug20).
“He never stopped writing and creating, even as he aged,” his grandson, Benjamin Ruby, told Variety.
Joe and his partner, Ken Spears, were the brains behind the beloved animated children’s series, titled Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, which premiered in the U.S. in 1969.
The main characters of Scooby-Doo, Fred, Shaggy, Daphne, and Velma were brought to life onscreen by Iwao Takamoto, and the original show aired until 1976.
The franchise continued with a string of spin-offs and movies, all focused on the goofy Great Dane and his four teenage pals as they solved various mysteries.
The brand spawned two live-action theatrical releases, 2002’s Scooby-Doo and its 2004 sequel, Monsters Unleashed, both starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini, Isla Fisher, and Rowan Atkinson.
Other Hanna-Barbera Productions created by Ruby and Spears include Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, and Jabberjaw.