Emmy-winning ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Rick and Morty’ producer J. Michael Mendel dead at 54

Prominent TV producer J. Michael Mendel, who spent years working on animated standouts “The Simpsons” and “Rick and Morty,” has died.

He was 54.

His death was announced late Tuesday night by Adult Swim. A cause of death has not been revealed.

"All of us at Adult Swim are devastated by the untimely passing of Rick and Morty producer Mike Mendel,” reads a statement shared to the Adult Swim Twitter page. “He guided and supported a generation of artists, writers and creators and his absence will be felt by the entire community. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.”

Mendel is survived by his wife, Juel Bestrop.

He earned four Emmys in his career, including three for “The Simpsons.” The fourth of his Emmy wins came last year for the “Rick and Morty” episode titled “Pickle Rick.”

The behind-the-scenes staple worked on 207 episodes of “The Simpsons” between 1989 (the show’s first season) and 2015. He worked on 22 episodes of “Rick and Morty,” which airs on Cartoon Network during its late-night Adult Swim block, between 2013 and 2017.

His other credits included the Tom Cruise movie “Jerry Maguire” and the 2012 “Napoleon Dynamite” series based on the 2004 comedy flick.

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