The Oscar-winning illustrator died on Thursday night at his apartment in Prague, it has been reported.
His Czech publisher, Petr Himmel, confirmed the news to The Associated Press where he explained that star died ‘unexpectedly.’
Gene, whose full name was Eugene Merrill Deitch was best known for creating animated cartoons such as Munro, Tom Terrific and Nudnik.
He also directed 13 episodes of “Tom and Jerry” and also some of the “Popeye the Sailor” series.
Deitch’s movie “Munro” won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1960. He was also nominated for the same award twice in 1964 for “Here’s Nudnik” and “How to Avoid Friendship.”
(Excerpts : The Metro)