Gene Deitch, an American Oscar-winning illustrator, animator, film director and producer, died. He was 95 years old.
His Czech publisher, Petr Himmel, told The Associated Press Deitch that he died unexpectedly during the night from Thursday to Friday in his apartment in Prague’s Little Quarter neighborhood.
Deitch’s film Munro won the Academy Award for the 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.
Born on August 8, 1924, in Chicago, Deitch arrived in Prague in 1959, intending to stay for ten days, but fell in love with his future wife, Zdenka, and stayed in the Czechoslovak capital.