'RIP Monty Oum' has been trending on Twitter after the 33-year-old animator's employer, Rooster Teeth announced his passing earlier today. Oum had been in intensive care since late January after suffering an allergic reaction during a routine medical procedure.
A Go Fund Me page that was set up to help pay for the animator’s spiraling medical costs after weeks in hospital raised over $180,000 for a goal of $50,000. Monty's animated web series had been very popular before his death.
Condolences have been pouring out to Oum's family and his co-workers after the company posted a statement about his death on their website.
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.
Below is episode one of Monty Oums award-winng series RWBY. May his soul rest in peace and God console his wife, parents and siblings left behind.