Inventor of the Frisbee dies

The man who invented the Frisbee, Walter Frederick Morrison, has died at home in Utah aged 90.

In 1948, Walter Frederick Morrison was working as a building inspector a Los Angeles when he got together wiith a chum called Warren Franscioni to make plastic version of a tin pie dish that was being chucked around Califronian parks.

Morrison had apparently recently returned to America after spending the end of World War II as a prisoner in the Stalag 13 POW camp.

Morrison split with Franscioni and produced a plastic dish he called the Pluto Platter

Morrison licensed the Pluto Platter to Wham-O in 1955 and the company called the platter a Frisbee, based on the the named of the maker of pies that had filled the original spinning fliers.

Wham-O has paid tribute to Mr Morrison - known as Fred - on the official Frisbee web site. "As Frisbee discs keep flying though the air, bringing smiles to faces, Fred's spirit lives on. Smooth flights, Fred," it reads.

Mr Morrison's son, Walt, told the Associated Press that his father had suffered from cancer, and that "old age had caught up" with him.

"He was a nice guy. He helped a lot of people. He was an entrepreneur. He was always looking for something to do," he added.

Mr Morrison, who died at his home on Tuesday, is survived by three children. Walt Morrison said the family is planning to hold a memorial service on Saturday at the Cowboy Corral in Elsinore, Utah.