Some sad news today as we've just received word that Fred Silverman has died at 82 from natural causes. Fred Silverman was the man who came up with the idea for the concept of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? in 1968, after Hanna-Barbera had received some pushback due to violence in their cartoons. Silverman also made the original pitch of the show to the CBS network.
Silverman is survived by his wife Cathy, his two children Melissa and Billy, as well as his daughter in law Anna. RIP to Fred Silverman, and my condolences to his family!
More info about his other non-Scooby work can be found in this article.