Long-time Simpsons animator and director Edwin Aguilar died following a stroke (Picture: FOX – Marike Aguilar)
Long-time Simpsons animator and director Edwin Aguilar has died aged 46.
The artist’s death was confirmed earlier this week on a GoFundMe page after Aguilar had suffered a stroke.
Aguilar – who was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the US in 1982 – had worked as both an animator and assistant director on the show for more than two decades, after joining in 1998.
Before joining The Simpsons Aguilar held numerous animation ranks with the likes of Graz Entertainment (G.I. Joe) and Hanna-Barbera before joining Chuck Jones for a number of Warner Bros. shorts.
His death followed a recent stroke that left the animator in hospital, without speech and having lost some movement, according to a GoFundMe set up to help raise funds for medical treatment. Its currently raised more than $37,000 (£26k).
According to the Los Angeles Times, Aguilar had diabetes as well as kidney ailments that led to heart issues. He had previously recovered from a stroke a few years ago before suffering another on April 8 and dying in the ICU two days later.
Colleagues from the Fox series paid tribute to the artist (Picture: Marike Aguilar)
He joined the show in the 90s (Picture: The Simpsons)
Aguilar’s final Simpsons episode, titled Burger Kings, aired the night after he died.
On the fundraiser page his wife Marieke had shared a statement, explaining the bleeding on his brain had become ‘much worse’ the day he died.
She said: ‘Edwin is resting peacefully as he waits to transition to the next step on his soul’s journey. Thank you for all of your words— I have read and played all of them.
‘For those who want more details, this morning the bleeding in his brain got much worse. His care has been absolutely amazing, managed by My brother. Because of where the stroke happened and the size of the bleed, it meant “fixing” him would essentially destroy him. I would not want to put him through living in a nursing home or something terrible like that. He and I have talked about all of that thankfully.
‘He would fight if he felt his being here would protect Bodhi and me, Jonathon and Maya. But he knows that all of you will be there for us forever, that we will never be alone or left wanting for anything. So please wish him peace and joy for that time when he can reconnect with all the loved ones who’ve made this journey already.’
The statement went on: ‘Edwin Aguilar is like no one any of us have ever met. I for one did not know how much love there was in the world, how much kindness and generosity is possible, until I met him. My world was so small and petty before him. I am immeasurably blessed.’
Tributes from The Simpsons crew came in for the talented artist, with character designer Eric Keyes writing: ‘This is going to hurt for some time. Edwin was such a lovely person.’
Simpsons director David Silverman paid tribute on Twitter, writing: ‘A very sad so long to everybody’s great and dear friend, Edwin Aguilar.
‘Everyone @TheSimpsons feels the loss of this great great artist and great great person. He was the kindest and strongest, and we will miss him always.’
Silverman added to Los Angeles Times: ‘He was extremely friendly and had a good heart.
‘He had a calm understanding about him and a wicked sense of humor. When you’re picking teams, you want him on your side. He would definitely have your back.’
‘He was the glue for everyone,’ animation production supervisor Nikki Isordia said. ‘He made everyone feel at home. I can’t even remember being introduced to him, because I’ve just felt like I’ve known him my whole life. When I was feeling upset about something, I’d go to Edwin’s office, and he always knew the right thing to say: “You’ve gotta look at things this way.” He was pure sunshine.
‘I had some car trouble, I didn’t have AAA, I was late for work, I was in a nasty mood. I went to Edwin to tell him what was going on. About an hour later, I got an email from AAA about my new membership, which Edwin had set up and paid for without telling me.’
Executive producer Matt Selman added on social media: ‘We @TheSimpsons family are mourning the loss of animator Edwin Aguilar — a talented artist and beloved fountain of love and inspiration to all.’
Aguilar is survived by his wife and three children Jonathon, Maya and Bodhi.Credit: Original article published here.