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Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:24 PM Reply

As some of you may have seen on the Stick Slayer page and MindChamber's post, NG has lost a beloved artist.

Ben Spurgin (ben-spurgin and benspurgin) made his Flash debut in 2000 and became an NG celeb with his Stick Slayer series. Ben's joy of animating was infectious and inspired many artists to follow in the same path.

Ben was back at it almost a decade later, with Stick Slayer IX on the way. He was only 31.

Our thoughts are with Ben's Mom and family. Losing a loved one is never easy.

We may never get to see Stick Slayer IX, but we can still have one last celebration of Ben's awesomeness. A small group of artists who were around in the Ben days are coming together to create a tribute to his work. There isn't a lot of room in this collab but if you are an old-time accomplished NG contributor and want to help out, shoot me a PM and we'll see what we can do! Include your email address in the PM, so I can put together a contact list to move forward with.

If you have any memories to share about Ben, post them here! JakBaronKing has suggested setting up an NG Memorial page for the artists we've lost over the years, so that is under consideration. I intend for NG to last the next 100 years, so this sort of page will unfortunately become more and more necessary.

Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009


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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:26 PM Reply

Drugs are bad, 'mkay?


This too will pass.
Memento mori

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:26 PM Reply

Looks like a cool guy. I'm sad.

R.I.P., Ben


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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:26 PM Reply

Wow, rest in peace.

Pity your icon is giggling with glee, Tom.


Stop looking

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:27 PM Reply

At 10/23/09 04:24 PM, TomFulp wrote: As some of you may have seen on the Stick Slayer page and MindChamber's post, NG has lost a beloved artist.

It's a sad sight to see

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:28 PM Reply

RIP Spurgin.

May you continue making flash in the afterlife, so the rest of us have something to look forward to.

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:28 PM Reply

Never seen any of his stuff, but he sounds like a pretty cool dude.

RIP


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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:29 PM Reply

Yeah... Shit happens...
The memorial page sounds like a great idea on a better note.

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:29 PM Reply

He was way too young...

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:29 PM Reply

Wish I could say I knew him.

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:30 PM Reply

I like to think Ben would have found this amusing...

Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009


This is the game JohnnyUtah and I have been working on.

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:31 PM Reply

thats vary sad. im srry..

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:31 PM Reply

Rest in peace.

May I ask...How did he die?

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:32 PM Reply

this week sucks, first I find out Tim Jewell died and now this...

Why?!

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:32 PM Reply

Is anyone against watching the released episodes again in his memory?

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:32 PM Reply

R.i.p Canada

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:34 PM Reply

Damn...that's sad. My respects go out to him and his family. Pimps Quest was one of the first games that I played on Newgrounds, probably one of the things that kept me coming back since I beat that game over a dozen times. Rest in peace Ben. We'll miss you.

I agree with a memorial page as well.


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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:34 PM Reply

I just watched the latest episode cause I hadn't heard of him until now.

Mind = blown.

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:36 PM Reply

Why do people always post stuff up on their twitter before they post it up on NG?


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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:36 PM Reply

Oh noes!

hope it was a natural and painless death.

Poor guy......... :(

R.I.P. dude

P.S.
if NG is to last the nxt cenury, will you be passing the torch toyour son as owner and operator?

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:37 PM Reply

Rest in Peace, Ben.


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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:37 PM Reply

A memorial page is a great idea, actually. Something like this, right:

Username > Heroin
Username > Suicide
Username > Suicide
Username > Gunned Down by Cops
Username > Suicide
Username > Shot up School, then Suicide
Username > Shot up School, then Gunned Down by Cops
Username > Suicide


YO MAMA GOT SAGGY TITTIES LMAO

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:37 PM Reply

At 10/23/09 04:31 PM, Lizzardis wrote: Rest in peace.

May I ask...How did he die?

a goddamn heroin overdose.


Right behind you

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:40 PM Reply

I remember watching those movies years ago, they were pretty damn cool.

Anyway, it sucks that he died, especially at such a young age. Hopefully nobody else here will make the same mistake he did by taking heroine.


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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:40 PM Reply

Wow. It's terrible to see any person pass away before their time, but for Newgrounds it's even more saddening since he was here from the beginning. A classic.

At 10/23/09 04:24 PM, TomFulp wrote: We may never get to see Stick Slayer IX, but we can still have one last celebration of Ben's awesomeness. A small group of artists who were around in the Ben days are coming together to create a tribute to his work.

That's a great idea. It's going to be awesome to see how many oldschool artists you can get back in the game, it's just a shame it's not under better circumstances.


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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:40 PM Reply

I never really knew who he was. Too bad he had to die of such a horrible thing as drug overdose. I mean how often to Newgrounders really die?

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:40 PM Reply

At 10/23/09 04:30 PM, TomFulp wrote: I like to think Ben would have found this amusing...

LOL

but yeah that's sad

it's always weird when a newgrounder dies and they just have that dead empty user page

the memorial page sounds like a good idea

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:41 PM Reply

I've never heard of him, but I'd just like to say I'm sorry to hear about this. RIP


I laugh at your sigs!

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:41 PM Reply

I bet Tom Fulp would have liked that.

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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 Oct. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:42 PM Reply

Really sorry to hear this. Ben will be missed. :(