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There was some sad news this month - Zach Finley, aka CerealboxClock, died in a car accident.
The disturbing trend of dying Flash authors also continued this month, with the compelling Livecorpse suicide.
This was probably the most disturbing year in Newgrounds history... After two contributors had already died, we received a submission by Jeff Weise, aka Regret. Completely overlooked at the time, the submission would later draw attention when Jeff went on a shooting spree and killed himself. His Newgrounds activity was first reported by The Smoking Gun.
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.
okay which is most ironic...
a.ben spurgin put heroin use in game pimps quest then died of heroin overdose.
b.livecorpse always talked like a emo suicidal faggot, then he killed himself...
c.regret's movie showed a man kill abunch of people, then killhimself... which is what regret did!
d.who cares cerealbox clock is dead...
e. all of the above is fucking hiliarious! hahahahaha