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Monty Oum, Rooster Teeth Director/Animator, 1981 – 2015

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Monty OumRooster Teeth Animation director and animator Monty Oum passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015, at the age of 33. He fell into a coma after an allergic reaction during a medical procedure and never recovered. Mr. Oum rose to prominence with a video made in 2007 called “Haloid,” in which a Spartan from the Halo video games fights alongside Samus Aran from the Metroid video games, demonstrating his fluency in “machinima” animation. From there, Mr. Oum joined Namco Bandai where he worked on the Afro Samurai video game tie-in. He left the company to join Rooster Teeth in 2009, creating the web series RWBY choreographing flashy action sequences for the web series Red vs. Blue.

In a statement on Mr. Oum’s passing, Rooster Teeth stated: “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.”

(Sources: Rooster Teeth and The New York Times)

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