Bill Melendez 1916-2008

Bill Melendez, an award-winning animator and the voice of Snoopy, passed away on September 2, 2008. He was 91. No cause of death was specified.

Mr. Melendez' on his relationship with Schulz:

"We were such good friends and we understood each other," Mr. Melendez told the Newark Star-Ledger in 2002. "Sparky [Schulz's nickname] used to say to me, 'Bill, I'm a cartoon strip artist and you couldn't do what I do. You are an animation artist and I can't do what you do.' . . . So he never tried to crowd me, and I would never dare question what he did as a strip artist."

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My thanks to Sean Kelly for emailing the sad news this morning.

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