Writer/director Jon Schnepp, best known for his work on Adult Swim cartoons like Metalocalypse and The Venture Brothers, died on Thursday at the age of 51.
Schnepp got his start on animated shows including Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, KaBlam!, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, directing, editing, and doing background art for the shows. He directed or co-directed over a dozen episodes of The Venture Bros., and was an integral part of Metalocalypse. A co-producer on all 62 episodes of the series, Schnepp was also responsible for designing the characters, directing about half the episodes, and editing most of the episodes. He even provided the voice of Dr. Gibbits, the foremost expert on Dethklok member Murderface.
Schnepp has worked outside of animation, too. He wrote and directed a segment of the 2012 horror anthology, The ABCs of Death, called "W is for WTF?" And he wrote, directed, and produced The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?, the acclaimed documentary that investigates the downfall of Tim Burton's Superman film.
Schnepp suffered a massive stroke on July 12, after which he was on life support. His death was announced this morning on Twitter via his fiance, Holly Payne: "He had a blood clot removed from his left carotid artery, but the bleeding could not be stopped. Irreparable and catastrophic damage was caused to both hemispheres and all brain activity ceased. His sister Deborah and I had to make the difficult decision to take him off of life support. There was no possible way for him to recover."
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Schnepp's medical expenses. He is survived by Payne, his sister Deborah, mother Miriam, and father David.
(via Hollywood Reporter)