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Sad news; Randy Solem, one of the original stars of NG, passed away this week at the age of 36.

Randy was an early pioneer of sprite movies, inspiring many who have made their own sprite movies over the past 12 years. Classics include:

Check out Randy's Movies page for more.

Beyond his sprite movies, Randy was a great guy and supportive member of the NG community. He'll be greatly missed.

Randy's family is accepting donations for his 18 month old daughter. If you can, please Paypal some money to RielleSolemTrustFund@Yahoo.com and it will go into a fund to pay for her education.

After the passing of Ben Spurgin in 2009, we talked about setting up a page to document NG regulars who are no longer with us. I finally set up this In Memoriam page in the Wiki. Let me know if you have suggestions / additions. I'd like to add pictures so we'll probably do that.

Randy Solem, 1975-2012


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:39:53


R.I.P. Randy

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:40:27


Always a shame when an user passes away.
R.I.P.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:44:11


He suddenly died at 36? Wow. RIP Randy Solem.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:50:58


R.I.P. Randy, enjoyed the sprite movies. Also had no idea thegimpsta was dead either. :( I really enjoyed his music.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:51:11


How did he die? 36 sounds really early.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:54:16


Is this for real? Because a lot of fake death announcements are posted on NG.
Anyway, that's a huge bummer. Randy's movies are what introduced me to Newgrounds, as well as sparked my interest in classic console games (I live in a place where no one's heard of Zelda). RIP.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:54:59


Wow that's so sad. RIP.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:57:46


I loved those movies. They were maybe the main reason I stayed around on Newgrounds in 2006-2007.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:58:09


Damn, that news really blows. There was some inspiration for my flashes from a few years back from old sprite movie makers such as him.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:58:22


Sorry to hear that. Rest in peace Randy.

Is there any information on what happened? Maybe I'm missing something, but there don't seem to be any details anywhere other than the fact that it was sudden.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:58:35


Well, that sucks. I remember liking many of his animations quite a few years ago too which makes this even worse.

Hope all works out for his family.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:58:58


was he the owner of VGDC??

I used to visit that site everyday as a kid.

RIP , Thank you for making such amazing movies.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:00:15


At 4 minutes ago, FishFinger wrote: Is this for real? Because a lot of fake death announcements are posted on NG.

This one has been posted by Tom himself on a news post so this is definitely real.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:01:27


At 22 minutes ago, TomFulp wrote: After the passing of Ben Spurgin in 2009, we talked about setting up a page to document NG regulars who are no longer with us. I finally set up this In Memoriam page in the Wiki. Let me know if you have suggestions / additions. I'd like to add pictures so we'll probably do that.

This is a great page to have, Tom. It's great to see something like this, but hopefully we won't have to add names to it any time soon. RIP Randy!


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:02:09


R.I.P Randy I will miss you and your movies and I wish your Daughter and your family the best

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:03:55


I remember some of those. Rest in peace, Randy.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:05:30


The memorial page is a really good idea.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:07:18


I was just thinking of him earlier today. I was wondering what he was up to.
This sucks. His movies were awesome.
Rest in peace, man.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:07:43


This was the worst news I've heard in the 9 years I've been with this site.

I'll be missing that guy :(


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:17:31


Aw, damn, Randy made my childhood that much better, along with Joe Cartoon, Newgrounds and the like.

I'll miss ya.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:19:29


not the headline i wanted to see today :\

rip

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:21:03


Rest in Peace, Randy. It's a shame that you never got to have that big comeback on the flash portal.

LONG LIVE VGDC


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:23:18


Bye, Randy.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:24:58


Oh bugger. I remember seeing his cartoons quite a lot when I was a kid.

Sorry to hear that :<


A rather disgusting-looking git that should have been disposed of ages ago.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:33:49


Rest In Peace Randy.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:34:26


this is a sad time R.I.P

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:34:49


At 34 minutes ago, Auz wrote:
Is there any information on what happened? Maybe I'm missing something, but there don't seem to be any details anywhere other than the fact that it was sudden.

According to his cousin, it was due to some issues with heart medication.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:37:18


How did he die?

R.I.P.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:40:13


I was a huge fan. He was a huge inspiration to me. He just had a kid too. RIP Randy...


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