Legendary The Flintstones animator Ed Benedict has died. He was 94.
Benedict passed away in his sleep on Aug. 28 at home in Auburn, California, his longtime friend and co-animator David K. Sheldon has just revealed.
Sheldon says, "He was quite an interesting fellow, that's for sure. He was the main character designer for all the early Hanna-Barbera cartoons--Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw."
But Benedict was most famous for designing the main characters in The Flintstones--Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, as well as their respective wives, Wilma and Betty.
Cartoon historian Jerry Beck says, "It would not be an exaggeration to say that a large part of Hanna-Barbera's success in TV animation is owed to Benedict's incredibly appealing and fun character designs."
Before his death, Benedict requested his cremated ashes to be scattered over California's Carmel Bay.
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