A candle that burns twice as bright is often said to burn half as long.
Monty burned with the intensity of a solar flare in the void.
No words I can offer can describe what we, as one big Internet family, feel right now. It has taken me a day to compose myself enough even to post this journal. But I feel I must.
I didn't know him, not on a personal level. We'd only spoken a handful of times, and at RTX, where I KNOW he had other things on his mind. But Monty, nonetheless, made me feel like his friend. He was courteous, and humble. He engaged me with a question of his own when I made a comment about one of his animations. He thanked me for watching his content. And he shook my hand.
In his work, in his interactions with us, his fans, and in his own peer group, Monty was the rarest of people: a true blue friend. Who pushed himself hard, and pulled those around him up by their bootstraps and got them working harder as a result.
In the last few days, and the days to come, many more stories will be told. Memories will be shared, and people will mourn his loss and celebrate his life, each in their own way. For the sake of his family, and those who were closest to him, please respect each other's greif. Know that we all share this pain, in different ways.
Sheena, if you read this, know that your entire RT community is here for you. If there is ANY way we can help you, you have but to ask.
Monty Oum is an inspiration to us all, and if each of us can capture but a fraction of his drive, or a hint of his talent, we could change the world.
"He shall grow not old, as we who are left grow old.
Age shall not weary him, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember him."
Rest easy, Monty.
We'll keep moving forward.