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Edd Gould
Edd
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Full name:

Edward Duncan Ernest Gould

Birth:

October 28, 1988

Death:

March 25, 2012

Edward Duncan Ernest "Edd" Gould (October 28, 1988 - March 25, 2012) was an animator, voice actor, writer, and game developer. He created Eddsworld.

Life

Edd Gould was born on October 28, 1988, in Isleworth, England to Mother Sue Gould.[1][2] He has a sister named Vicky and a brother named George. He began animating with Macromedia Flash MX around November 2002.

He met Matt in primary school. Matt and Edd were both bullied, but they loved drawing. When they went to secondary school, they became close friends. Around 2006, Edd had been diagnosed with Leukaemia. He had gotten over it, before he was diagnosed with it again. This was revealed April 16, 2011, in the video, "Edd vs Cancer". In this video, Tom, Matt, and himself discussed the diagnosis, and the future of "Hammer and Fail" and comics. They joke several times in the video.

The real Edd appeared at the end of the short "Fan Service", letting EddHeads know that his next project would take a while to make because of his cancer treatment. He also announced that a number of Eddsworld T-Shirts were available at the SharkRobot store.

Death

On Sunday, March 25, 2012, Edd Gould passed away after a six-year-battle with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Two days later, his passing was made public. Thomas Ridgewell and Matt Hargreaves announced Edd's passing on YouTube through the video RIP Edd Gould (1988-2012).[3] and a tweet was made on Gould's Twitter account.

Gould suddenly got sick when he was at home. He was watching Doctor Who at the time (an episode that was "funny"), and he got taken into hospital, where things got really bad really fast and the doctors were telling Gould's mom that "he was done". They were going to give him a week. Ridgewell explained, "his body just kind of freaked out and he slipped away really, really quickly".

Eddsworld was spotlighted by YouTube on March 30 and many people, including popular Newgrounds users and YouTubers, have voiced their condolences.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10] Several people posted animations,[11][12] claymations,[13] and pictures in tribute to Gould.[14]

Gould's funeral took place on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.[15][16]

A share of Edd's ashes were given to Matt and Tom.[17][18][19] Edds family buried theirs on Edd's 24th birthday, however, Matt spread his share near the Hollywood Sign. [Tomska's Day Out 6] and Tom put his in a box-like urn, with a black and white image of Edd and Tom on it. [Last Week I Saw A Mermaid]

RIP Edd Gould (1988-2012) Transcript

MATT: Hey Eddheads. (pause) We have some bad news.

TOM: On the morning of Sunday, 25 March, 2012, Edd Gould passed away after a six-year long battle with cancer.

MATT: Edd was taken into hospital with a fever, but he was very weak from the fight and his body just... gave up.

TOM: His mind, however, was so far from ready to quit. He really had no idea this was the end of his fight, so he left us without any fear. He wasn't afraid at all.

MATT: Edd always just saw this as an inconvenience, something that got in the way of him doing what he really loved to do. And that was making animations for all of you.

TOM: It sounds cliched, but that's really all Edd cared about. We watched him turn down a lot of business opportunities, work, and even the chance to have a TV show a couple of times, because he knew it would drive away from him, you, and the show. We won't go into the future of Eddsworld right now, but what I can tell you is that Edd left behind the first half of the next Eddisode (a two-parter). What I can promise you is that and the second half.

MATT: We've been overwhelmed by the amount of support Edd received online and through the mail. On YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, especially Tumblr, DeviantArt, Vokle, Newgrounds, B3ta, even the Eddsworld Forums. The list just goes on. It's been... amazing.

TOM: We, the friends and family of Edd, would like to take this moment to thank you for keeping him company and keeping him strong for all the months he's been in hospital. Thank you.

MATT: His legacy, though, will live. Through the hours of animation he's created and the thousands of people he's inspired and befriended... including us.

TOM: Edd may be gone, but his world will keep on spinning.

References

  1. Sue Gould's Twitter
  2. https://twitter.com/_VickyGould/status/741543004545122304
  3. RIP Edd Gould (1988-2012)
  4. Twitter / @egoraptor: Thanks for the laughs Edd. ...
  5. Twitter / @HappyHarryToons: My friend and fellow anima ...
  6. RIP Edd Gould 1988-2012 - Newgrounds blog post (HappyHarry)
  7. Twitter / @joethegran: Edd Gould has died. I can' ...
  8. Edd Gould, 1988-2012 - Newgrounds forum post (TomFulp)
  9. Twitter / @chluaid: R.I.P Edd :( ...
  10. RIP Edd Gould, 1988-2012 - The Explosm Fora
  11. So Long, Edd. - Newgrounds animation (KawaiiPiranha)
  12. Thank you Edd. - Newgrounds animation (CartoonWarStudios)
  13. Edd Gould Tribute [deadsworld sketch] - YouTube
  14. Forever Rememberedd - Newgrounds art (jameslee03)
  15. Twitter message: Twitter / @thetomska: Putting together a video f ...
  16. YouTube video: Future Bing - Edd's Funeral 2012.04.10
  17. Twitter message: @thetomska: A few tweets to let you kn...
  18. Twitter message: @eddsworld: Edd's ashes are going to b...
  19. Twitter message: @thetomska: Matt and I scattered some...

Internal Links

Edd's Accounts