Iconic Cartoon Producer J. Michael Mendel Known For "The Simpsons'" And "Rick And Morty" Passed Away Aged 54

September 24, 2019 16:36

Producer J. Michael Mendel, who contributed to some of the most successful animated adult comedies of recent decades, has died at age 54.

Mendel was known for his work on "The Simpsons", "Rick and Morty", "Napoleon Dynamite", "Jerry Maguire and Big".

He was taken far too soon!

According to his wife, casting director Juel Bestrop, Michael died of ‘natural causes’ at their home in Studio City, Los Angeles, on Sunday, September 22.

Justin Roiland, co-creator of Rick and Morty, took to Twitter to say he was ‘devastated’ and ‘destroyed’ by the news.

Mendel joined “The Simpsons” in 1989 after leaving his post on “The Tracey Ullman” show once the Simpson clan earned its own spinoff series. He also served as a line producer and worked between James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films and Fox. Between 1989-1999, Mendel held producer credits on 207 episodes.

His impressive career saw him rewarded with seven Emmy Award nominations and four wins. In 2018 he was listed among the winners for Outstanding Animated Program for his work on “Pickle Rick” of Rick and Morty.

People's reaction

Many fans and colleagues are taking to Twitter to share their heartbreak about his passing.

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

Mike Mendel was a talented man who was taken far too soon. His friends, colleagues, and family will miss him deeply.