×

‘Metalocalypse’ Writer-Director Jon Schnepp Dies a 51

Jon Schnepp, who wrote for and directed the 2000s animated television series “Metalocalypse” died Thursday after suffering a stroke last week. He was 51.

Schnepp’s wife, Holly Payne, confirmed her husband’s death Friday on Twitter with a statement and a screenshot of a fundraiser page that had been collecting donations for Schnepp’s recovery and medical expenses.

“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,” the statement reads. “Jon ultimately succumbed to the effects of a massive stroke.”

She went on to describe the fatal complications in detail, which involved “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.”

Schnepp directed 34 episodes of “Metapocalypse” between 2006 and 2013. The series followed the melodramatic adventures of global hit death metal band, “Dethklok,” and featured the voices of Brendon Small, Tommy Blacha, and Mark Hamill. Throughout his career, Schnepp worked as an animator on several projects, including “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” and most recently 2016’s “Nerdland.”

He also worked with the Collider entertainment site as host of Collider Heroes  and as a panelist on Collider Movie Talk.

More of his directing and producing credits include “The Venture Bros.,” “The ABCs of Death,” and the 2017 documentary “Temple of Art.” Schnepp is survived by Payne, his sister, Deborah, his mother, Miriam, and his father, David.

(Pictured: Jon Schnepp and Holly Payne)

More TV

  • Esther Scott dead

    Esther Scott, Actress in 'Boyz N the Hood,' 'Hart of Dixie,' Dies at 66

    Esther Scott, who appeared in “Boyz N the Hood,” voiced Shodu in the “Ewoks” series and guest starred on dozens of TV series, died Friday in Los Angeles, her representative confirmed. She had suffered a heart attack Tuesday at her Santa Monica home. She was 66. Born in Queens, N.Y., Scott appeared in at least [...]

  • Melissa Leo

    Melissa Leo to Lead Fox Drama Pilot 'Blood Relative'

    Academy Award winner Melissa Leo has been cast in the lead role of Fox’s drama pilot “Blood Relative.” The series is based on James Renner’s article “Beyond the Jungle of Bad: The True Story of Two Women from California Who Are Solving All the Mysteries.” Leo will star as Louise Kelly, an expert in genetic [...]

  • Devs Review

    'Devs': TV Review

    The idea that the technology industry has the power not just to reshape the world in which we live but — through acts of creative destruction — build a new one overlaying and eventually supplanting it has been fertile territory for the arts in recent memory. Indeed, to this point, one of the bards of [...]

  • Peter Berg

    Netflix Sets Opioid Crisis Series From 'Narcos'' Eric Newman, Peter Berg to Direct

    Netflix has ordered an eight-episode limited series on the origins of the opioid crisis titled “Painkiller,” Variety has learned. Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster will write and serve as showrunners and executive producers on the series. The pair recently wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and previously collaborated [...]

  • Raoul Peck

    Raoul Peck Teams With HBO for Hybrid Docuseries on European Colonialism

    Raoul Peck is bringing his four-part series “Exterminate All the Brutes” to HBO. The project is described as an exploration of the exploitative and genocidal aspects of European colonialism. It will feature documentary footage and archival material as well as original animation and interpretive scripted scenes. Josh Hartnett will play the lead role in the [...]

  • ELLEN'S GAME OF GAMES -- "Say

    ‘Ellen’s Game of Games’ Renewed for Season 4 at NBC

    NBC and Ellen are teaming up for another season of fun and games. DeGeneres has revealed that the network has renewed her alternative series “Ellen’s Game of Games” for a fourth season. DeGeneres serves as host and executive producer of the one-hour show, which includes supersized versions of some of the most popular games from her [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content