Oscar winning animator Frederic Back dies

Los Angeles:Oscar-winning animator Frederic Back has lost his battle with cancer. He was 89.

The two-time Academy Award-winner passed away at his home in Montreal in Canada, reported Los Angeles Times.

Back began his career as an artist and illustrator in the graphics department of Radio-Canada`s first-ever TV station. He moved into films in 1970, when he produced his first animated short, `Abracadabra`.

In 1981, following five other shorts, Back was nominated for a best animated short Oscar for `Tout Rien` (All Nothing).

His next project `Crac` won him an Academy Award in 1982 and he brought home a second Oscar in 1988 for `L`homme qui Plantait des Arbres` (The Man Who Planted Trees).

His last Oscar nod came in 1994 for `Le fleuve aux grandes eaux` (Mighty River).

In recognition of his career success, he was later named a Knight of the National Order of Quebec and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Back was also known for his activism in the fight for animal rights.