Monty Oum, the creator and lead animator of Rooster Teeth's hit animated web series RWBY, passed away last Sunday. He was 33.
Monty was hospitalized in January 21 following a severe allergic reaction during a simple medical operation that rendered him in a coma. Matt Hullum, CEO of Rooster Teeth, wrote in his blog that "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."
He first came to be noticed by the gaming community in 2007 after he released his hit crossover fan film Haloid (portmanteau of Halo and Metroid), pitting a SPARTAN against Samus Aran. It was also in that year when he released the first episode of his fan film series Dead Fantasy, featuring characters from Square Enix's Final Fantasy series and Tecmo Koei's Dead or Alive. He joined Rooster Teeth in 2010 and became a writer and animator for Red vs. Blue before going on to lead the creation of RWBY, which ran for two seasons.
Thank you for bringing us a wonderful animated legacy. Rest in peace, Monty.
Now it's time to say goodbye
To the things we loved
and the innocence of youth
How the time seemed to fly
From our carefree lives
and the solitude and peace we always knew