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The Los Angeles animation industry is mourning the sudden death of Chris Reccardi. The artist, who was 54 years old, suffered a heart attack in Ventura, California, while he was surfing.
He was a leading character designer, storyboard artist, writer, and visual development artist in the industry. Born in New York City and a graduate of Sayville High School in Long Island, Reccardi entered the animation industry in the late 1980s. He described his path into animation in a 2008 interview with Hi-Fructose magazine: According to cartoonbrew.com
Here are some Tributes Posted online to honor Reccardi.
I just found out one of my biggest influences Chris Reccardi has passed away recently. He’s probably most notable for co creating the The Pilot “The Modifyers. I always wanted to meet to the man in person but now I’ll never get get that chance… RIP pic.twitter.com/TsQgo2FXvt
— Chris DeRose (@ScratchyDerose) May 2, 2019
So sad to hear about the death of Chris Reccardi, one of my all-time favorite artists. He did great work on classic shows like REN & STIMPY and his pilot film THE MODIFYERS is an underrated gem. I especially love his beautiful paintings. He’ll be missed. pic.twitter.com/FzMigenJ5a
— Vincent Alexander (@NonsenseIsland) May 2, 2019
RIP Chris Reccardi. Director, writer and designer on Ren & Stimpy, storyboard artist for My Life as a Teenage Robot, director and writer for Spongebob Squarepants. Also Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Lab, Tiny Toon Adventures, Samuari Jack and so much more. pic.twitter.com/fBFCajQbHL
— Pop Arena (@pop_arena) May 2, 2019
Goodbye to Chris Reccardi, a singular talent and genuine nice guy. My thoughts go out to Lynne and his family. pic.twitter.com/D8PonP4aAT
— Tim Rauch (@Tim_Rauch) May 2, 2019
RIP to one of my most favorite animation creatives Chris Reccardi. So underrated! Worked on many of my favorite cartoon shows like Ren + Stimpy, Samurai Jack and SpongeBob SquarePants. #RIP #ChrisReccardi #animation #hero #inspiration pic.twitter.com/n1A7PM5iND
— Dre Sanchez (@iamdresanchez) May 2, 2019
I just found out one of my biggest influences Chris Reccardi has passed away recently. He worked on a lot of favorites of mine such as Ren and Stimpy, Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania, he’s probably most notable for co creating the The Pilot “The Modifyers and his illustration paintings. I always wanted to meet to the man in person but now I’ll never get get that chance… RIP
It’s with immense sadness I report that Chris Reccardi has passed away. Chris was not only one of the key artists, musicians, and directors of Ren & Stimpy, but he may have been the most important and influential board artist in TV animation in the last three decades. He was also one of my favorite interviewees and his voice added irreplaceable insight and humor to the story. I extend my condolences to his wife Lynne Naylor. R.I.P.