Donald Earl "Don" Messick (7 September 1926 - 24 October 1997) was an American voice actor. He is best known for his voice work in various Hanna-Barbera shows such as Scooby-Doo.
Retirement and Death
In 1996 while recording voices at the Hanna-Barbera studio, Messick told the crew "I can't do this anymore" and ambled off to his car. The following day, his agent released a statement that Messick had suffered a stroke due to decades of smoking and decided to retire from voice acting. He then had a retirement party at his favorite Chinese restaurant which was attended by his colleagues including Henry Corden, Jean Vander Pyl, Casey Kasem, Lucille Bliss, Gary Owens, June Foray, Howard Morris, Teresa Ganzel, Maurice LaMarche, Neil Ross, Gregg Berger, Walker Edmiston, Sharon Mack, Marvin Kaplan, Greg Burson, and others. Although retired, Messick made one final TV appearance on The Maury Povich Show, where he told the host about how voice tracks are made. Messick suffered a second stroke in 1997, which was fatal. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.