‘Rick And Morty’ Producer J. Michael Mendel Dies Aged 54

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Published 24.09.19
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Both Rick and Morty and The Simpsons have brought untold joys to countless lives, and often it’s easy to forget the brilliant minds who bring these beloved characters to life.

J. Michael Mendel was one of these incredible creatives, but sadly the Emmy award-winning animation producer has died aged 54.

The animation producer, known for working on Rick And Morty and The Simpsons, died of natural causes on Sunday night (22 September) at his home in Studio City, Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Adult Swim, the production company behind Rick and Morty, released a statement saying: “All of us at Adult Swim are devastated by the untimely passing of Mike Mendel. Mike was the heart of the Rick and Morty production family, his fantastic talent and wit will be sorely missed.

“Mike was a universally respected Emmy-winning producer with over 25 years in the industry, who guided and supported a generation of artists, writers and creators and his absence will be felt by the entire community.

“Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

Furthermore, Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland wrote on Twitter: ‘My friend, partner, and line producer Mike Mendel passed away.

‘I am devastated. My heart breaks for his family. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you by my side Mike. I’m destroyed.’

Al Jean, executive producer and writer on The Simpsons for 30 years, called Mendel a ‘great guy’, and was ‘very very sorry to learn of [his] passing’.

Over his career, Mendel won four Emmy Awards, and was a credited producer on 207 episodes of The Simpsons from 1989 to 1999, which he moved to from his job as a postproduction supervisor on The Tracey Ullman Show.

He teamed up with Roiland as his line producer on Rick And Morty between 2013 and 2017, winning winning another Emmy award in 2018. His other credits include work on The Critic, The PJs, The Oblongs, The Pitts, Kid Notorious, Drawn Together, Sit Down Shut Up, Good Vibes, and Napoleon Dynamite.

Michael is survived by his wife Juel, son Jacob and daughter Jesse.

Are thoughts are with his friends and family at this tragic time.

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