Jon Schnepp Dies: Writer And Director For ‘Metalocalypse’ Was 51

Lewis Collier
July 21, 2018

In tragic news this morning, it's been confirmed that Jon Schnepp - who directed multiple episodes of the incredible Metalocalypse cartoon series - has passed away.

Schnepp is best known for his work on Metalocalypse, which ran for four seasons from 2006 to 2013.

Payne and Schnepp's sister, Deborah, made a decision to take Schnepp off life support since "there was no possible way for him to recover", Payne wrote.

Hollywood is mourning the loss of Jon Schnepp, director of the beloved Cartoon Network/Adult Swim series Metalocalypse. There was no possible way for him to recover.

Outside of Metalocalypse, Schnepp worked on late-night TV staples Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Venture Bros. As the host of Collider Heroes and frequent panelist on Collider Movie Talk and other Collider shows, videos, and panels, Jon was a vital and irreplaceable part of the Collider family, and we are all deeply upset by this tragic news. Holly Payne also detailed some of Schnepp's last moments, which he spent surrounded by loved ones.

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Payne continued, "My life has been forever changed by Jon".

In addition to Payne, Schnepp is also survived by his sister, his mother Miriam and father David. Most recently, Schnepp directed the successful documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? We appreciate your love and support, and most importantly your understanding of our privacy at this time as we grieve. Schnepp also directed a segment for the 2012 horror anthology movie The ABCs of Death titled W is for WTF?

Schnepp's death sparked an outpouring of support on Twitter. If you can, please help Holly with the massive, life-crushing medical bills? Patton Oswalt took to Twitter saying, "Jon Schnepp, a truly creative and good-hearted man, has passed away". On Wednesday, Schnepp's fiancée, Holly, shared on Instagram that the director had suffered a "catastrophic stroke" and was on life support, and she urged fans to donate to a GoFundMe to help pay for his medical care. "Let's help someone who's been devastated".

Social media tributes have begun pouring in from across the entertainment world in his honour, including from Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small, who called Schnepp an "animation pioneer" and a "creative behemoth" with a "larger than life personality".

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