Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal took to social media in the early hours of Tuesday morning to mourn the demise of Gene Deitch, best known for directing the animated ‘Tom and Jerry’ series.

Taking to his Instagram stories, the hunk shared an illustration of Gene with Tom and Jerry on either side. Vicky penned a heartfelt note for the director that read, “Thank you for making our childhood so amazing!”

On Monday, it was confirmed that the American Oscar-winning illustrator, animator, film director and producer passed away. He was 95.

His Czech publisher, Petr Himmel, told The Associated Press Deitch died unexpectedly during the night from Thursday to Friday in his apartment in Prague’s Little Quarter neighbourhood. No further details were given.

Apart from working on 13 episodes of ‘Tom and Jerry’ he also worked on some of the ‘Popeye the Sailor’
cartoon series.

Deitch is survived by his wife and by three sons from his first marriage, all of whom are cartoonists and illustrators.

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