So sad! ‘Rooster Teeth’ animator, Monty Oum, unexpectedly passed away on Feb. 2. After learning the tragic news, his fans around the world began mourning the life and legacy of the beloved artist and animator.
Monty Oum, 33, was the creator of the anime series, RWBY, and the Director of Animation for Rooster Teeth, with fans around the globe that loved his art. But on Feb. 2, Monty lost his life reportedly from an allergic reaction. While his wife, Sheena, sat dutifully by his side at the end, his fans took to the Internet to share their grief. In fact, the Rooster Teeth team shared an emotional video to announce the tragic news with the gaming community. Check it out here.
Monty Oum Dead: ‘Rooster Teeth’ Animator Dies At 33
“Our friend, inspiration and co-worker Monty Oum passed away yesterday afternoon at 4:34 PM surrounded by people who loved him very much. Ten days ago Monty suffered a severe allergic reaction during a simple medical procedure that left him in a coma. Although he fought bravely, his body was not able to recover,” states Rooster Teeth.
The cartoonist worked for the Austin based gaming company for more than a decade and during that time he made an indelible mark on his diehard followers. Many of his fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to Monty as they mourned his surprising passing.
Even 2 days later it feels surreal. I wish I had gotten the chance to meet you. Nonetheless you’ve inspired all of us greatly. #MontyOum
— Sriracha Catbugmau5 (@AnimeishDwarf) February 3, 2015
— Brendon Schulze (@BrendonSchulze) February 2, 2015
— Noncy-Flipple-Dorp (@NoncyFlipple) February 3, 2015
I didn’t get a chance to create yesterday in honor of #MontyOum but today I start a new job, and I’ll take his drive & focus with me into it
— Megan Allen (@MegaraNoelle) February 3, 2015
As Monty lost his life, a public fund was created for the trailblazer during his time in the hospital. “Monty Oum Medical & Family Support” raised more than $200,000 in just two days from Monty’s fans around the world.
On Feb. 2.. his Rooster Teeth family explained how fans could pay their respects, “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. If you know Monty like we do, then you know he would certainly be doing that if he were able to.”
Indeed, Monty used his imagination to brighten the world. As one of the most revolutionary animators of his time, Monty Oum’s RWBY anime series will continue to inspire his fans to use their imagination.
We are thinking of the Monty’s family during this very difficult time.
— Jordyn Shaffer