It is with a sad heart that I type that Monty Oum passed on Sunday, February 1st, 2015. Word of him being hospitalized was publicly released by Rooster Teeth on Friday, January 30th, 2015 after falling into a coma from severe allergic reaction caused during a routine medical procedure. His medical expenses were very high, though fans raised over $180,000 within three hours. This far exceeds the original goal of $50,000 posted on GoFundMe.com this past Friday. Monty passed away surrounded by family and friends.
Monty was a hard worker who loved what he did and did what he loved every day. A list of his accomplishments includes creating Haloid (probably the greatest Halo-related fan movie in existence,) and starting the widely acclaimed five episode Dead Fantasy series in 2007. Dead Fantasy featured Dead or Alive and Final Fantasy female characters duking it out. Monty also worked with Namco on the action combat and animation for the Afro Samurai video game in 2008, and working alongside Rooster Teeth in animating Red vs Blue, a parody of the Halo series.
Monty is best known for the RWBY series, which he created and worked on as lead animator. He began working on his popular series after seeing ketchup split on a napkin in a local diner. He began brainstorming that very night. The first trailer for RWBY, titled “Red,” has reached over 7 million since its release on November 7t, 2012. It will be the first American animated series to be dubbed in Japanese, instead of the other way around. A video game is in the works, and there’s countless art, cosplay, and fan-fictions created for and inspired by RWBY‘s world.
Despite his busy work schedule, Monty had time to be a great friend, husband, son, brother, and inspiration to all those around him. From actually doing the fight, dance, and movement choreography for his projects, to voice acting (he voiced the character Lie Ren in RWBY) Monty’s ambition was nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Here is a full statement from Rooster Teeth on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2015:
“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.”
He may be gone, but he won’t be forgotten. Let us remember him positively and with respect. Goodbye Monty Oum, and thank you for all you have done.
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