Death of Chris Reccardi

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Goodbye Chris, we'll never forget the good times we've had with you.

Christopher Joseph "Chris" Reccardi (November 24, 1964 – May 2, 2019) was an American cartoon director, writer, animator, character designer, producer, and storyboard artist. He was best known for his work on the Nickelodeon animated series The Ren & Stimpy Show (along with Bob Jaques, Kelly Armstrong, Bob Camp, Lynne Naylor, Vincent Waller, and Richard Pursel), and his storyboards for many shows, including Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls, Tiny Toon Adventures, and had directing duties on Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! and SpongeBob SquarePants. He was also the supervising producer for the first season of Regular Show and creative director for Secret Mountain Fort Awesome. In 2007, he co-created and developed a pilot for Nickelodeon called The Modifyers alongside his wife Lynne Naylor.

He passed away and died from a heart attack on May 2, 2019 while he was surfing in Ventura, California. He was 54 years old. Many animation fans were devastated and left in despair to the tragic and horrible death of a cartoonist like Chris Reccardi, it was spread all over Twitter and Facebook, and all over social media. As of May 2020, he will be dearly missed for all the years to come.

The last works Reccardi was involved in or worked on that were released posthumously after his death were the 2019 live-action remake of Disney's Lady and the Tramp, the Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story documentary, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run and The Mighty Ones in 2019 and 2020.

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