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Heather North died on November 30, a family friend told The Hollywood Reporter. The actress, best-known as the voice of Daphne on Scooby Doo, was just 71 years old.
Here is what you need to know:
1. Her Cause of Death Is Not Clear at This Time
North had been battling an unknown illness for several years before she passed away. However, details about what that illness might have been are unclear.
North had not been in a nursing home or in the hospital at the time of her death, as her friend told The Hollywood Reporter that North died at her home in Studio City, California. It is possible that North was on hospice and that she was receiving care at her home, but those details aren’t clear.
2. Her Husband, H. Wesley Kenney, Died in 2015
North met her husband, H. Wesley Kenney, while working on Days of Our Lives. Kenney, an Emmy Award-winning producer and director, passed away on January 13, 2015, after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 89 years old.
Kenney graduated from Carnegie Tech and broke into the entertainment business in the 1950s. Over the course of his career, he directed all genres from dramas to sports. In the 1960s, he directed several television series and various films, including Gidget (1965), All in the Family (1971) and The Jeffersons (1975).
Kenney shifted gears a bit in the late 1960s and well into the 1980s. He was the executive producer on Days of Our Lives from 1968 through 1979. He also worked as an executive producer on The Young and the Restless from 1982 through 1987, and General Hospital from 1987 through 1989. Over the course of his career, Kenney earned 7 Emmy Awards over 19 nominations.
He left the entertainment world in 1988 and decided to become a teacher. He worked at UCLA for several years.
3. She Is Survived By Her Son, Kevin
North had one child, a son named Kevin, who is married to his wife, Stephanie.
North is also survived by her stepdaughter, Nina, and her husband, Brent, a stepson named Wes and his wife, Leslie. The Hollywood Reporter also mentions that North also had a granddaughter named Jocelyn.
About a week ago, North’s stepdaughter, Kara, passed away. Details surrounding her death are unknown.
4. A Memorial Service Has Been Scheduled & Fans Have Been Posting Tributes on Social Media
North’s family and close friends will gather for a memorial service at First Christian Church in Studio City, California, this morning. The service is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time.
Since learning of North’s passing, thousands of people have been posting tributes to the actress on social media. There has been an outpouring of love for the late actress, whose work and voice will not soon be forgotten.
Below are some of the heartfelt messages post on Twitter following North’s passing.
5. She Was on Days of Our Lives & Did Other Work in Television & Film
North was the second voice of Daphne Blake on Scooby Doo. She took over the job from Stefanianna Christopherson in 1970, and continued working on the series (and its various spinoffs and specials) through 2003. She last voiced Daphne in Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico.
North has well over a dozen credits to her name. She appeared on the soap opera Days of Our Lives for one episode in 1972, according to her IMDb page. She played the role of Sandy Horton.
Some of North’s film credits include the 1965 film Git! in which she starred opposite of actor Jack Chaplain, and I Love My Wife (1970).
As far as television series go, North has been on Green Acres, The Monkees, and My Three Sons.
According to Deadline, she had a stint on Broadway with Marjorie Lord and Alan Young in the 1967 play The Girl in the Freudian Slip.