‘Scooby-Doo’ voice actress Heather North dies, aged 71

She voiced Daphne for over 30 years

Heather North, the voice of Scooby-Doo‘s Daphne Blake, has died aged 71.

The voice actress played the role of the red-headed fashionista for 33 years, first appearing in Scooby Doo, Where Are You! in September 1970. As The Hollywood Reporter report, she then returned in The New Scooby-Doo Movies in 1972-73, before appearing in a number of different adaptations through to 2003.

In addition to her role in Scooby-Doo, North also starred in hit soap opera Days Of Our Lives. On the set of that show she met her husband H. Wesley Kennedy, whom she married in 1971.

North died on November 30 at her home, after suffering from a long illness. The news was broken by family friend Jodie Mann, say The Hollywood Reporter. A memorial service is planned for 11:30am local time on Wednesday December 20,  at the First Christian Church in Studio City.