'Scooby-Doo' Voice Actress Heather North Dead At 71

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Actress Heather North, best known for playing the voice of Daphne for the classic "Scooby-Doo" cartoon series, has died at the age of 71.

North passed away on Nov. 30 at her California home, surrounded by family and friends, according to The Hollywood Reporter. North's friend, Jodie Mann, confirmed her death to the media outlet.

The actress was born in Dec. 13, 1945 in Pasadena, California. She had been battling an undisclosed illness for some time, according to reports. A memorial service will be held on Dec. 20 at First Christian Church to honor her memory.

North was best known for her role as Daphne in Hanna-Barbera's "Scooby-Doo" series between 1970 and 1986. She replaced Stefanianna Christopherson during the second season of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You," and went on to play Daphne for many years.

The actress's last Scooby-Doo gig came in 2003 for "Scooby-Doo And The Monster Of Mexico." She starred in other television shows, such as "Adam-12," "Love American Style" and "Days Of Our Lives." North also starred in several movies, including Disney's "The Barefoot Executive" in 1971.

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North met her future husband, H. Wesley Kenney, on the set of "Days of Our Lives." Kenney, who was an Emmy award-winning soap opera director, died in January 2015, the Daily Mail reported.

North is survived by her son Kevin, daughter-in-law Stephanie, stepdaughter Nina and her husband Bret, stepson Wes and his wife Leslie, and granddaughter Jocelyn. Kara, another stepdaughter, had died in mid-December.

Social media users took to Twitter to offer their condolences to North's family and pay tribute to one of the most iconic voices in cartoons.

"WOW!!!" wrote one Twitter user. "My condolences to her family and the Scooby-Doo Gang!!" 

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"Rest In Peace to Heather North (71), the voice of Daphne," wrote another. "We lost an amazingly talented woman today, with an iconic voice."

"Sad news today in the Scooby-Doo universe with the passing of Heather North, aka Daphne Blake," added another. "For 33 years she rocked the hands on hips in a purple dress look, adding class and sass to every episode she was in. We couldn't have made it through the 1980s episodes without you."

"Aw, Jeepers. Such a great loss," another fan of the Scooby-Doo series tweeted. "We both attended the same church years ago. She was a beautiful & talented lady!"

"Rip Heather North," added another fan. "Thank you for a wonderful childhood. Gone but not forgotten."

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Mail, Twitter (2, 3, 4, 5) / Featured Image: Prayitno/Flickr / Embedded Image: The Everett Collection / Green Acres - MGM Television via MeTV, Photofest via The Hollywood Reporter

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