2018-07-22 20:08:14 UTC
12:35 PM PDT 7/20/2018 by Evan Real
Jon Schnepp's fiancee, Holly Payne, confirmed that the filmmaker died
at age 51 on Thursday, one week after suffering a stroke.
"It is with a broken heart the Schnepp family and I must announce the
passing of our beloved Jon Schnepp, who died peacefully on July 19,
2018," Payne wrote on Twitter. "Jon ultimately succumbed to the effects
of a massive stroke."
She elaborated, "He had a blood clot removed from his left carotid
artery, but the bleeding could not be stopped. Irreparable and
catastrophic damage was caused to both hemispheres and all brain
activity ceased. His sister Deborah and I had to make the difficult
decision to take him off of life support. There was no possible way for
him to recover."
Payne concluded by letting her followers know that she and Schnepp's
family "appreciate your love and support, and, most importantly, your
understanding of our privacy at this time as we grieve."
Schnepp suffered the stroke on July 12, according to a statement
released by Payne and his family last week. A GoFundMe page was created
for Schnepp's medical bills, which has since raised more than $100,000
of its $150,000 goal.
"Jon is on life support at this time," wrote Payne. "While everyone is
desperate for updates on his condition, we ask for your understanding
on giving us the privacy we need over the next few days as we deal with
the difficult decisions concerning Jon’s care."
Schnepp was best known for his work on Adult Swim's Metalocalypse. He
served as the writer and key director of the animated series, which
aired for four seasons from 2006 until 2012.
Not long after news of Schnepp's death broke, his good friend Patton
Oswalt took to Twitter to pay tribute. "Jon Schnepp, a truly creative
and good-hearted man, has passed away," the comedian tweeted,
accompanied by a link to Payne's GoFundMe page. "If you can, please
help Holly with the massive, life-crushing medical bills? Let's help
someone who's been devastated."
Schnepp is survived by Payne; his sister, Deborah; his mother, Miriam;
and his father, David.