Emmy-winning producer J. Michael Mendel who worked on “Rick and Morty” and “The Simpsons” died two days shy of his 55th birthday.
U.S. television network, Adult Swim, which has broadcast “Rick and Morty” since its debut in 2013, released a statement on Twitter. “All of us at Adult Swim are devastated by the untimely passing of Rick and Morty producer Mike Mendel.
“He 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.”
The cause of Mendel’s death has not yet been confirmed.
Justin Rolland, co-creator of “Rick and Morty” paid tribute to Mendel by tweeting: “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 am going to do without you by my side Mike. I’m destroyed.”
Additionally, Mendel worked on Fox’s “The Tracy Ullman Show.” It was this show that began the life of “The Simpsons” as a recurring segment before moving on to becoming an independent series.
The “Rick and Morty” producer helped to create the 207 episodes of “The Simpsons” over his time on the show. He won Emmys in 1995, 1997, and 1997. Mendel produced 22 episodes of “Rick and Morty.” He won a fourth Emmy for this work last year.
He is survived by his wife Juel Bestrop, and Emmy-winning casting director, and their two children.
By Jeanette Smith
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