Moose cartoon characters often appear in the news to be a threat, but their death on Sunday was a reminder that they can be just as dangerous as a bear or a wolf.
The cartoon character from the 1940s television series The Moose died at age 50, his family told The Associated Press.
His family had been notified of his death on Saturday, but they didn’t receive a formal notification until Tuesday.
The family had known for years that their beloved cartoon character had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, said Joe Koczarski, a family member who owns the family farm in Montana and was the lead producer of the series.
He said the show’s creator, Stan Lee, had been trying to get his beloved cartoon to be more positive, including having him have a pet named Moose for a year.
But, Kocski said, the show went downhill after that.
He and his wife, Kathy, said they had no idea that Moose had Parkinson’s until Tuesday, when they learned through a friend.
The couple had been planning to hold a tribute at the house where Moose lived in St. Johns, Montana, to remember him.
The house is owned by the Koczes and has been open for years to visitors and fans.
They said they were devastated.
Moose was a well-known character in the animated series.
The character played by Gene Wilder in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s appeared in more than 60 cartoons, including The Adventures of Robin Hood and Robin Hood, as well as other cartoons.
The Simpsons cartoon also featured the character, with the voice of Bill Murray.
In the 1960s, The Simpsons ran an animated series that starred a fictionalized version of Moose, with him having a cat named Tiger, a dog named Fido, a raccoon named Pogo and a fox named Foxy.
A new generation of viewers loved the show, Kuczarskis said, because it explored themes of family and love.
Moose, the character who was adopted by a family in the 1940’s and became a fixture in the show as an uncle and a cousin, was often portrayed as a loving and caring uncle and cousin.
The series has been adapted by many different actors, including Gene Wilders, Paul Rudd, Peter O’Toole and Martin Freeman.
The Koczy family said they have kept Moose alive as an inspiration to all children.
They have a website where they write a weekly letter to children that includes stories of their favorite Moose cartoons.
“I want to tell our kids to never give up hope,” said Kocski.
“That’s what the Moose cartoons taught us.
We hope that our children will continue to see that, that we can always overcome and always be better than what we have become.”