'Scooby-Doo' Co-Creator Joe Ruby Dies Aged 87 | 22 Words

Iconic animator Joe Ruby, best known for his work on Scooby Doo, has passed away. Tributes are pouring in for the incredible talent.

Joe Ruby was an animation legend.

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He worked for Walt Disney after joining Hanna-Barbera productions.

There, Ruby met creative partner Ken Spears.

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The two paired to create the first 5 episodes of Scooby Doo in 1969.

The two worked on editing for the whole first season, too.

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The pair also worked on shows like Dynomutt, Dog Wonder and Jabberjaw.

"It was just a 'freak' opportunity that came up at Hanna-Barbera in 1959."

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"They desperately needed people to write the short openings, closings and 30 second bridges for the Huck Hound and Yogi Bear Shows, and both Ken and I started writing them on the side while we worked our regular jobs in the editorial department."

Scooby Doo has become an empire since Ruby's creation.

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Many have offered tributes to the talented man.

Ruby passed away at home in California.

He's survived by wife Carole, four children, and 10 grandchildren.

He reportedly died of natural causes.

And sadly, Ruby isn't the only talent we've lost this year...