The Grammy-Nominated Children’s Multimedia Artist Was 52 – Deadline

Grammy-nominated Morgan Taylor has died aged 52. The death of the multimedia artist who created music and art for children came after a “brief and sudden illness”, according to a GoFundMe set up by his friends. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Rachel Loshak, and their children, Harvey and Ridley.

Taylor was best known for his creation of the world of Gustafer Yellowgold, an animated character believed to be from the sun. It was for the CD/DVD “Gustafer Yellowgold’s Dark Pie Concerns”, released in 2015, that Taylor received a Grammy nod in the Best Children’s Album category.

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In a 2015 interview with Dayton, Taylor said he wanted to be a comic book artist when he was younger and wanted to move to New York to become an illustrator. After his rock band disbanded in 2003, his wife suggested he start a children’s book project.

“One of my jobs when I worked at Gem City Records was to write the new releases on the board, and I drew a lot of funny cartoons,” he said of Gustafer Yellowgold’s birth. “I drew this guy with the yellow cat face, and it became Gustafer later. Once I started writing the stories, we started showing them to people and people were immediately liking them. We printed copies, bound them at home with spray glue and string and made 20 copies of the book and distributed them.

A memorial service for Taylor will be held Aug. 18 in Dayton, Ohio. His obituary on Legacy gave some insight into some of the things the artist was known for in his daily life.

“Morgan was unbeatable in Pictionary and Name That Tune. He was a fan of hot sauce and Funyuns, and had a thing for puns, which he often wrote, illustrated and shared,” reads the obituary. “Morgan was truly the best dad Harvey and Ridley could have asked for. He will be terribly missed by all who knew him. »

Watch one of Morgan Taylor’s animations below.