AGENCIES: With the death of Gene Deitch, who passed away on Thursday night at his apartment in Prague at the age of 95, a major part of our childhood is gone. The Oscar-winning illustrator, who is known for creating iconic cartoon characters like Tom and Jerry and Popeye the Sailor, is survived by his wife and by three sons from his first marriage, all of whom are cartoonists and illustrators, writes the Los Angeles Times.
According to Los Angeles Times, his Czech publisher, Petr Himmel, told the Associated Press that Deitch died unexpectedly Thursday night in his apartment in Prague’s Little Quarter neighborhood. No other details were given.
In early 1958, his theatrical cartoon Sidney’s Family Tree was nominated for Oscar. However, it was his film Munro in 1960 which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. He was also nominated for the same award twice in 1964, for Here’s Nudnik and How to Avoid Friendship.
Of course, his sudden has shocked his fan and Deitch will always be remembered for bringing in joy to the life.
Everyone’s entitled to their opinions, but I really loved this era of Tom & Jerry, and cartoons were a huge part of my childhood and I’ve always enjoyed watching the cat and mouse
TY for everything Mr Deitch. You will be missed..#GeneDeitch
R I P 🙏❤❤❤ pic.twitter.com/nCdHFvuuEb
— Shahanaaz Shaikh 💙 (@ShaikhShahanaaz) April 19, 2020
Rest in Peace to a legend #GeneDeitch. They don’t make cartoons like this anymore. Thank you for a wonderful childhood that I’m continuing to pass down to my kids and more generations. I will always love Tom&Jerry. #RIPGeneDeitch pic.twitter.com/OkGrFIUSvL
— Heavy-Ster🧸 (@Hvyster) April 19, 2020
Farewell Gene Deitch. Thankyou for the awesome childhood and till date the best cartoon series. You will be remembered. pic.twitter.com/faorhIs07c
— Debojit Neel Dey (@_debojitdey) April 19, 2020