J. Michael Mendel known for his brilliant work as animation producer in ‘The Simpson’s and ‘Rick and Morty’ has tragically passed away at 54. died. Spokesperson for Adult Swim confirmed the death of the four-time Emmy award-winner writing that ‘his absence will be felt by the entire community’
“All of us at Adult Swim are devastated by the untimely passing of Mike Mendel. Mike was the heart of the ‘Rick and Morty’ production family, his fantastic talent and wit will be sorely missed. Mike was a universally respected Emmy-winning producer with over 25 years in the industry, who guided and supported a generation of artists, writers and creators and his absence will be felt by the entire community. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time’’ said the Adult Swim spokesperson.
Justin Roiland, co-creator of the Rick and Morty series, took to social meida to express grief over Mendel’s sudden death,
“My friend, partner, and line producer Mike Mendel passed away,” Roiland tweeted Monday. “I am devastated. My heart breaks for his family. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you by my side Mike. I’m destroyed’’ Roiland wrote on Twitter.
The four time Emmy winning producer began working on popular Adult Swim series Rick and Morty when it launched in 2013.
Mendel is survived by his wife, fellow Emmy winner and casting director Juel Bestrop.