Joe Alaskey - the modern-day voice of Bugs Bunny - has died aged 63.
The American voice actor, renowned as the modern-day Bugs Bunny (as well as voicing other iconic cartoon characters such as Daffy Duck as well as Tweety and Sylvester), died of cancer according to multiple reports.
“Never doubt that Joe loved each and every one of you,” said spokesperson, K P Lynne on the actor’s Facebook page. “Your comments and posts always made his day and brought joy to his heart and life.”
“On Behalf of Joe Alaskey’s Family, Thank You For All Your Support, Condolences and Respect, During This Most Difficult Time,” said a statement on another fan Facebook page.
After the death of original Warner Bros. voice artist Mel Blanc in 1989, Joe Alaskey took over voicing some of their most iconic cartoon characters. Appearing throughout the 2000s, the prolific voice actor provided voice work for the film ‘Looney Tunes: Back in Action’ as well as numerous cartoon appearances.
And in 1988, Alaskey even voiced Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn for the animated (and live-action) classic, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’
Alaskey won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2004 for voicing Daffy Duck in ‘Duck Dodgers’. He also provided voice work for Grandpa Lou Pickles on ‘Rugrats’, Droopy the Dog in ‘Tom and Jerry’ and the ghost Stinkie from the 1995 film, ‘Casper’.
His voice even cropped up in the unlikeliest of places, as Richard Nixon in ‘Forrest Gump’.
“A spokesperson for Alaskey requested privacy for Alaskey’s family,” said Entertainment Weekly, “directing fans to a Facebook page for when more public information is made available.”
Joe Alaskey died 3 February 2016, aged 63.
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