​R.I.P. 'The Simpsons' and 'Rick and Morty' Producer J. Michael Mendel

​R.I.P. 'The Simpsons' and 'Rick and Morty' Producer J. Michael Mendel
The Simpsons and Rick and Morty producer J. Michael Mendel has died. He was 54.
 
The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
 
Mendel's first foray into television came as a student, working as a production assistant on All My Children and Loving during his summer breaks. He later worked as a P.A. on shows like Broadcast News and films like Big and Jerry Maguire.
 
Mendel then worked on The Tracey Ullman Show, where The Simpsons began as a recurring segment, going on to serve as producer of the standalone show for 207 episodes.
 
During his 10-season run with The Simpsons, Mendel won the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program three times for "Lisa's Wedding," "Homer's Phobia" and "Trash of the Titans."
 
He joined Rick and Morty in 2013, picking up a fourth Emmy for the episode "Pickle Rick" in 2018.
 
A number of Mendel's colleagues from The Simpsons and Rick and Morty have paid tribute to the producer on social media. See some of the messages below.