J. Michael Mendel, the Emmy award-winning animation producer behind Rick and Morty, has died aged 54.
Mendel was additionally identified for his work on The Simpsons, Napoleon Dynamite, Jerry Maguire and Large.
In response to his spouse, casting director Juel Bestrop, Michael died of ‘pure causes’ at their house in Studio Metropolis, Los Angeles, on Sunday, September 22.
R.I.P. Michael Mendel. Thanks for the mature cartoons (The Simpsons and Rick n Morty) that brightened up my pathetic flailing into maturity
Justin Roiland, co-creator of Rick and Morty, took to Twitter to say he was ‘devastated’ and ‘destroyed’ by the information.
He wrote :
My buddy, associate, and line producer Mike Mendel handed away. I’m devastated. My coronary heart breaks for his household. I don’t know what I’m going to do with out you by my facet Mike. I’m destroyed.
Mendel moved from his job as a postproduction supervisor on The Tracey Ullman Present to producer for The Simpsons in 1989, when the animated present spun off to turn out to be its personal collection. He first served as a line producer on the present, working between James L. Brooks’ Gracie Movies and the Fox community to ensure the present was accomplished on time and on finances, The Hollywood Reporter states.
#Al Jean, govt producer and author on The Simpsons for 30 years, referred to as Mendel a ‘nice man’, and was ‘very very sorry to be taught of [his] passing’.