Metalocalypse cartoon series director, John Schnepp, passed away at the age of 51 on July 19 after suffering a massive stroke on July 12. Schnepp’s sister Deborah and his longtime partner Holly Payne, made the difficult decision to cease life support after learning that Schnepp’s brain had stopped functioning and he would never be the same.
During Schnepp’s career, the director also produced, wrote, and acted in several TV, web, and music videos. His career also included being an extra in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a writer on Aqua Team Hunger Force, an extra in Metallica’s music video “The Memory Remains,” and writing, directing and producing The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?.
Schnepp’s partner Holly Payne released the following statement on Twitter:
It is with a broken heart that the Schnepp family and I must announce the passing of our beloved Jon Schnepp, who died peacefully on July 19, 2018.
Jon ultimately succumbed to the effects of a massive stroke. 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. Please understand.
I spent the last hour of his life with him holding him, laying my head across his massive chest, kissing him, stroking his hair, playing his favorite songs, and telling him over and over again how much I love him. My life has been forever changed by Jon. I feel endlessly grateful to have shared 16 years of laughter, love and incredible adventures together, including the making a feature film, as well as a television series that I hope to complete and release later this year in his honor.
Jon’s mother Miriam, his father David, his sister Deborah and I are devastated beyond measure. We appreciate your love and support, and most importantly your understanding of our privacy at this time as we grieve.
Thank you, Holly Payne
There is a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for some of the bills that have occurred during this tragic time. The campaign has raised $125,875 towards the goal of $150,000.