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Jon Schnepp, ‘Metalocalypse’ Writer-Director, Dies Age 51

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Jon Schnepp, ‘Metalocalypse’ Writer-Director, Dies Age 51

Jon Schnepp, a writer, director and performer who has contributed to animated and comedic stand-outs such as Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse, has died from complications following a stroke he experienced last week. He died Thursday, July 19 at age 51, according to his fiancée and partner of 16 years, actress/producer Holly Payne.

Schnepp has been a director on Metalocalypse since 2006, and he also designed the five members of the show’s central metal band Dethklok, working closely with series co-creators Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha throughout its run. He directed the animated accompaniment to the 2009 Dethklok live tour, and helped write the comic books.

The multi-talented Schnepp was also the co-director of season 4 of Adult Swim’s The Venture Bros. His notable toon credits also include Nickelodeon’s What’s Inside Heidi’s Head? (animation director), Cartoon Network/Adult Swim’s Space Ghost Coast to Coast (editor) and Nerdland (sequence animator). He also made guest voice appearances in Turbo FAST and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and co-directed to the pilot to live-action skit show Upright Citizens Brigade.

Payne started a GoFundMe campaign during Schnepp’s hospitalization to help cover the high costs of his medical care, with a goal of $150,000 ($115K raised so far).

[Source: Deadline, Twitter]

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