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Monty Oum, Rooster Teeth Animator, Passes Away At 33
Confirmed in a statement from Rooster Teeth earlier today, the acclaimed animator behind hits Red Vs. Blue and RWBY has passed away from a “severe allergic reaction.” He was 33 years old.
According to Rooster Teeth, Oum passed yesterday at 3:43pm, ten days after an allergic reaction during a routine surgery left him in a coma. Despite the best efforts of the hospital, he was unable to recover.
Oum had been making videos since 2002. His action-packed fight between Master Chief and Samus Aran, dubbed Haloid, went viral in 2007. Using extracted assets from Halo 2 and Super Smash Brothers Melee, Oum wrote, directed, and animated the slick fight himself.
Haloid propelled Oum to viral stardom, where he went on to animate for the seminal machinima Red Vs. Blue. Oum would later become creator and lead animator of Rooster Teeth’s anime-inspired series RWBY.
A gofundme page was launched for Oum on Friday, January 30th when he was hospitalized in critical condition. The fund asked for donations to support Oum’s family and medical costs. The page raised over $200,000 in just three days.
Oum is survived by his wife Sheena and his father, four brothers, two sisters, and all of his fans in the video game community.
Here is Rooster Teeth’s full statement:
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. During his time in the hospital he was well cared for and never in pain at any time.
Monty is survived by his wife Sheena, his father Mony, his brothers Woody, Sey, Chivy and Neat, and his sisters Thea and Theary, as well as a countless number of fans and friends. We were so proud to be a part of his life and we will miss him greatly.
Your generosity during the hours after the public statement on Friday will help his family deal with the costs of his care and his passing. You made an incredible difference during a difficult time and we cannot thank you enough.
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.
Monty was 33 years old.
We love you, Monty.