Animator Monty Oum died on Feb. 1, 2015 at 4:34 p.m. according to the journal entry posted on the Rooster Teeth website. The 33-year-old Austin native was hospitalized and went into a coma 10 days ago for “severe allergic reaction during a simple medical procedure.” He is survived by his father, four brothers, two sisters and his wife, Sheena Duquette. A public fund amounting to $210,000 was raised after Oum’s hospitalization. It will be given to his family. Fans have also shared videos in YouTube as tribute to their beloved animator.
Oum was known for creating and producing the web-based anime “RWBY,” which tells about a group of girls and their adventures in battling the forces of evil using the “Dust.” “RWBY” became famous after releasing its debut episode, “Ruby Rose,” which gained almost 4 million views on YouTube. The series won the Streamy Awards and International Academy of Web Television for Best Animated Series. “RWBY’s” third season is now in developmen,t though no one knows yet if Rooster Teeth will continue the project now that its creator is gone. Other animated series made famous by Oum are “Haloid,” “Red vs. Blue” and “Dead Fantasy.”
Oum started working at Rooster Teeth in 2010 until his demise. Rooster Teeth is a Texas-based production studio which specializes in animation, machinima and live-action shorts. They were the ones who produced the science fiction comedy film “Lazer Team.”
“As for honoring Monty, we will do that in our own way. In lieu of flowers or gifts, we ask that you simply do something creative. Use your imagination to make the world a better place in any way that you can,” Rooster Teeth said in a statement. The studio also stated that they will not be releasing a new video today in honor Oum’s death.
The gaming and anime communities are in mourning with the loss of one of their superstars. Monty Oum will surely be missed and will never be forgotten. For more entertainment updates, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).
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