Monty Oum was the creator, director, writer, animator and a voice actor of RWBY. He worked for Rooster Teeth Productions, where he originally started animating the popular Machinima series Red vs. Blue in its eighth season.
On January 21st, 2015, Monty was hospitalized following a severe allergic reaction during a medical procedure, rendering him comatose.
A donation page was set up to help Monty's family afford the medical expenses. The fund raised $50,000 within 3 hours, $100,000 within 5 hours, and $150,000 within 24 hours.
On February 1st, 2015, Monty passed away as a result of the coma.