200610110129The man who designed most of your favorite Hanna-Barbera characters, Ed Benedicthas died at age 94. He died bck in August so it isn’t exactly hot news, but just hit the wires and attention must be paid.

Ed Benedict, a legendary animator who put life, love and laughter in TV cartoon characters like Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble and Yogi Bear, has died at the age of 94.

Benedict died in his sleep Aug. 28 in Auburn in northern California, his longtime friend and fellow animator David Sheldon confirmed Tuesday. “He was quite an interesting fellow, that’s for sure,” Sheldon said. “He was the main character designer for all the early Hanna-Barbera cartoons, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw.”