Courage the Cowardly Dog is a cartoon that everyone’s heard of. The timid pink pup had a lot of fears to face during the episodes which aired between 1999 and 2002. Many people all over the world are fans of the show and, even more so, the voices behind the characters.
Muriel and Eustace Bagge are Courage’s owners. The couple is voiced by Thea White and Lionel Wilson while Courage is voiced by Marty Grabstein. Many more characters also appear in the cartoon including Robot Randy, Shirley the Medium and Dr Vindaloo.
Who was Thea White?
Thea White was born Thea Ruth Zitzner on June 16th, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey, USA.
She’s a voice actress who was best known for voicing characters in cartoons such as Corey in Pecola, Aunt Margaret in Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur and most notably Murel Bagge in Courage the Cowardly Dog.
As per IMDb, Thea was married to musician Andy White, but he passed away in 2015.
Thea’s brother makes a sad announcement on Facebook
According to a Facebook profile of John Zitzner – Thea’s brother – the voice actress passed away on July 31st 2021 at 11:05 am.
John Zitzner wrote in his post: “My sister recorded this prior to her surgery. She fought. She left us today at 11:05.”
He also attached a video to the post whereby Thea talks about speeding up her recovery.
John Zitzner has previously shared posts with is sister which reveal that she was battling cancer. He wrote: “If you can, prayers for my sister Thea… surgery at Cleveland Clinic tomorrow morning to remove tumor in liver! Thanks!!” on July 19th, 2021.
Fans react to Thea White’s death on Twitter
Of course, the tragic news of Thea’s passing was a shock to everyone. Many of her fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to the voice actress. She passed away at the age of 81.
One person Tweeted: “Rest in peace Thea you gave such great adventures with courage and Muriel as well warming reunion with the two“.
Another said: “I really hope the new Scooby Doo movie Scooby Doo meets Courage will be dedicated to her memory.”
Someone else said: “R.I.P. Thea White. You were a wonderful voice actress who voiced such a kind and motherly figure to her dog Courage. Muriel Bagge is a sweetheart who deserves the world. And so are you! May you Rest In Peace!“.