Four-time Emmy award winning animation producer J. Michael Mendel, who is best known for his work on The Simpsons and Rick and Morty has died at the age of 54.
A spokesperson for production company Adult Swim confirmed the news in an official statement.
‘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,’ the statement read.
‘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.’
Co-creator of Rick and Morty, Justin Roiland also took to Twitter to share his condolences.
‘My friend, partner, and line producer Mike Mendel passed away. 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.’