Justin Wright, Pixar artist, passes away

I’m sad to report that Justin Wright, who had been with Pixar for just more than a year in the story department, has passed away at the young age of 27 from a heart attack.

Justin Wright was a survivor, undergoing a heart transplant at age 12. He loved his job and was a humble man. On his blog, he wrote: “People might get mad at me if they knew how good we have it here. Massages, a gym — all that is true.”

Justin’s credits at Pixar include the 2D line drawings shown during the credits of Ratatouille. He was currently working on a new short that will be released with WALL-E this year.

While I didn’t know Justin Wright personally, I feel like I did. Being, somewhat, a part of the animation industry myself (writing this blog) it really hurt to learn of his passing, especially since he was so young. My condolences go out to his family. May he Rest in Peace.

In his honor, there will be no other posts today at The Animation Blog.

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03/20/2008 | General | Comments

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