Rooster Teeth’s Monty Oum in ‘Dire Condition’

/ Jan 30, 2015


These aren’t the stories we enjoy reporting but today, Rooster Teeth has made a statement about the condition of “RWBY” show creator Monty Oum who earlier this week suffered an serious medical emergency that has put him in critical condition.

Oum is a web-based animator who is best known for is crossover fighting videos. He has been employed by Rooster Teeth since 2009 and first gained recognition for his work “Haloid,” which was coined one of the most interesting fan-videos based on “Halo.” He later worked on “Red vs. Blue,” the Halo-driven series produced by Rooster Teeth. “RWBY,” Oum’s most recent production was created at his hand in 2012 in collaboration with Rooster Teeth. It has been recognized by the IAWTV Awards and Streamy Awards.

Burnie Burns, the founder of Rooster Teeth, issued a statement earlier this afternoon, which we’ve included below.

In the meantime, we’re told by one source close to the matter that the production internally at Rooster Teeth will remain uninterrupted.

Statement from Burnie Burns on Rooster Teeth’s news section:

“It is with great regret that I must inform you that our co-worker and our dear friend, Monty Oum, has had a medical emergency. He is currently hospitalized in critical care and it is not known if he will recover. He is receiving the best medical care possible and is surrounded by both family and friends who love him very much. While we wanted you to know as soon as possible, we also have the utmost respect for Monty’s privacy and we hope you will understand and share in that respect.

Monty is a tremendous talent who has accomplished so much in his young life. He has an amazing creative ability and the drive to put it to use. That is a rare combination and we are proud to have shared in it. We expect that this news will be shocking to most of you and very difficult to process. It has been for many of us as well. Our hearts are with Monty, his wife Sheena and his brothers & sisters. They will need your good thoughts, your prayers, whatever kindness you have to offer.”

A fund has been been established to assist Monty’s family with his medical expenses. If you wish to show your support in that fashion, please visit this link.

Photo Credit: Dominic “Count3D” Dobrzensky

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  • Cadacis

    The official statement says he is in critical care, not critical condition, all that means is they are keeping a close eye on him, critical condition means his vitals are unstable and not within normal conditions, critical care means they are just keeping a constant eye on him.

    • “It is not known if he will recover” implies critical condition.

      • I don’t want to think about that happening 🙁

      • Cadacis

        he could just be unconscious, or in a coma, he would not be in critical condition then, they would be watching him closely hence critical care.

        • Guest

          RoosterTeeth wouldn’t put out a statement saying he might not recover and set up a fund for his family if it wasn’t dire.

    • Greg

      I like the optimism.

  • Mack

    While they are acting feverishly, we have to remember that people are in serious condition during a stress-induced cardiac episode, perhaps fell and hit his head on something, perhaps it is something he can fully recover from. Let’s be fair, the RT folk work with him but probably know little more than we do about the situation after he was admitted to the hospital. Remember that it’s his FAMILY that get news first and decide what to distribute or hold back for themselves.

    For all we know, Monty may very well pull out of this mess and be fine. All we can do is support his family and their wishes as best we can while hoping all goes as well as possible for him and his family.

    Everyone needs to relax and breath. He’s an inspiration, a role model and a monument to the relentless creative spirit. But he’s still just a man and needs time to heal properly.

    By now he may already be doing much much better and all the support and funds helping to deal with his hospital expenses are probably helping him rest much easier knowing that the financial stress of the situation is also being lifted by those he’s touched with his efforts.

    So please, everyone relax. Give it time.

  • guest

    RIP Monty


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