A few days ago, it was made known that Monty Oum, the creator of RWBY and an animator at Rooster Teeth, had been hospitalised due to an as of then undisclosed reason. Unfortunately, a message posted by Rooster Teeth CEO Matt Hullum has revealed that Monty passed away on Sunday afternoon. He notes that Monty was in good hands at the hospital and was not in pain, which hopefully provides some solace during this sad time. A fundraiser was established when knowledge of Monty’s hospitalisation was made known, and I’m sure any donations would be greatly appreciated by his family and friends.
Monty will be sorely missed and I only hope that more people continue to discover the sheer epicness that is his animation and fight choreography. I haven’t seen anyone arrange a fight in quite such a fashion, and I’m sad that no new moments will grace our screens.
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.
So let’s listen to the people who knew him the best and continue to create what we can. It may sound cliche, but in these moments we should celebrate the lives that filled us with joy, and not focus on the final act that fills us with sadness.
You will be missed Monty.