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Joe Alaskey, Voice Of Bugs Bunny And Daffy Duck, Dead At 63

The celebrated voice actor died Wednesday after a battle with cancer.

Joe Alaskey, best known for being the voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, has died. He was 63. 

Alaskey died on Wednesday after a battle with cancer, a family member confirmed to CNN. TMZ also reported the news Wednesday night and a rep for the voice actor appears to have updated his Facebook page with a note to fans

"On Behalf of Joe Alaskey's Family, Thank You For All Your Support, Condolences and Respect, During This Most Difficult Time," it reads.

Alaskey was a celebrated voice actor and one of the most famous successors of Mel Blanc, who was the original voice behind many Warner Bros. characters. The two had a chance to work together before Blanc's death in 1989

Alaskey's first major voice roles, however, came in 1988, when he played Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," according to his official website

Aside from Bugs and Daffy, Alaskey also voiced Tweety and Sylvester in the "Looney Tunes" as well as Plucky Duck on "Tiny Toon Adventures" and Grandpa Lou Pickles on "Rugrats." 

In 2004, he won a Daytime Emmy Award for his work in "Duck Dodgers" (he voiced the title role). He was also nominated for an Annie Award for voicing Daffy Duck in "Looney Tunes: Back in Action." 

In addition to being a well-known voice actor, Alaskey was also a writer. In 2009, he released his memoir, That's Still Not All Folks!!, and earlier this year, he debuted a collection of short stories called Queasy Street: Volume On - Eleven Tales of Fantasy, as well as a novella titled, Frater Dementis. 

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