Gene Deitch, the director of the famous Tom and Jerry animated series, has died at the age of 95. But how did Gene Deitch die? Here is everything you need to know about the cause of death.

The director of the popular Tom and Jerry animated cartoons, Gene Deitch, has died at the age of 95.

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Petr Himmel, is publisher, confirmed the news to The Associated Press and it was reported the star died ‘unexpectedly’.

No further details have been given, but the film director and producer was last seen in his apartment in the Litter Quarter neighbourhood.

Gene Deitch, the Oscar winning animator, filmmaker, and illustrator behind classic cartoons like Tom and Jerry and Popeye has died at the age of 95.

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The news was confirmed by his Czech publisher, Petr Himmel. Deitch died unexpectedly at his home in Prague on Thursday night, but no further details or cause of death has yet been provided.

He is survived by his wife, and his three sons from a previous marriage. All of his sons have followed in their father and mother’s footsteps to become cartoonists and animators as well.

Deitch was born in Chicago in 1924 but moved to California as a child. After a brief military career, he quickly made his name in the world of animation and began to receive recognition from those within his industry.