Actress Heather North, best known for her voice work on Scooby-Doo as resident hottie Daphne, has died at 71, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Though several people have voiced the character over the years, North was the most iconic Daphne, first appearing in the Scooby Doo, Where Are You! for their second season in 1970. She voiced incarnations of Daphne right up through 2003! Though she had a career that spanned generations — both lending her voice to characters, and appearing in countless on-screen roles — it was her role as Daphne that most resonated with people. With an actress who played an iconic role so closely associated with our collective childhood.
Heather died at the of 71, with the official cause of death listed as cardiac arrest. According to her family, the woman behind the iconic animated character suffered a heart attack related to chronic respiratory issues. Upon hearing news of her death, Twitter, and the legions of Scooby fans, were in mourning and shared their condolences and the various ways the show and Heather's character touched their lives over the years.
"RIP Heather, thanks for making my childhood awesome," one bereaved fan wrote. Another added, "Rest in peace to Heather North, the voice of Daphne. We lost an amazingly talented woman today, with an iconic voice." Countless fans pointed to her role in playing the part in the 80s — saying she brought "class and sass" to our favorite woman in the purple dress, and made what is arguably the best era of Scooby Doo come to life. According to one fan, Heather was "the best Daphne Blake" — and I must say, we are inclined to agree.
Rest in peace, Heather North, you were one groovy chick.
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