Award-winning American animator, art director and storyboard artist, Ralph Eggleston has passed away at the age of 56 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
According to a report by Variety, Eggleston gave up the fight after a protracted struggle with pancreatic cancer.
On Twitter, Jorge R. Gutierrez, the director of The Book of Life, and Pixar both posted heartfelt tributes to Eggleston.
“In memory of Ralph Eggleston—animator, director, art director, storyboard artist, writer, production designer, and our dear friend. Pixar and the world will be forever grateful,” Pixar tweeted with the image of the veteran.
“Adios Maestro Ralph Eggleston. A true titan of our art form. He reached out to me after Book of Life and I will forever cherish our conversations. Before many knew he was sick he was trying to donate his spectacular art book collection to a Mexican animation school. That’s Ralph,” Jorge R. Gutierrez added.