Jon Schnepp, Hero, Has Passed

We don’t usually report on deaths here at Poor Man’s Spoiler. But this one is big. Jon Schnepp, a large part of the site Collider, who directed the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, as well as multiple episodes of Metalocalypse and Venture Bros. has passed away.

Here’s the official statement from his fiancé Holly Payne.

It is with a broken heart that I announce the passing of our beloved Jon Schnepp, who died peacefully on July 19, 2018.

Jon ultimately succumbed to the effects of a massive stroke. He had a blood clot removed from his left carotid artery, but the bleeding could not be stopped. Irreparable and catastrophic damage was caused to both hemispheres and all brain activity ceased. His sister Deborah and I had to make the difficult decision to take him off of life support. There was no possible way for him to recover. Please understand.

I spent the last hour of his life with him holding him, laying my head across his massive chest, kissing him, stroking his hair, playing his favorite songs, and telling him over and over again how much I love him. My life has been forever changed by Jon. I feel endlessly grateful to have shared 16 years of laughter, love and incredible adventures together, including the making of a feature film, as well as a television series that I hope to complete and release later this year in his honor.

Jon’s mother Miriam, his father David, his sister Deborah and I are devastated beyond measure. We appreciate your love and support, and most importantly your understanding of our privacy at this time as we grieve.

Thank you,

Holly Payne

As I said before, we don’t usually report on deaths here. We usually try to focus on breaking news and things like that. But before this all began, and when this site was just a simple blog on Google’s Blogger sites, I, Alex Lancaster, would spend every moment I could on every film blog I could find. I became obsessed with reports on new entertainment news. Ask any of my friends and family, I would constantly step away from events and conversations and check sites.

That obsession led me to grow the site. To focus on this. To make it something bigger. We’re still growing. We’re still trying to become something more. With plans for video series, podcasts, and much, much more. In the process of ALL of this, there have been a handful of people that I have looked up to. Who I have viewed as people that I hope to become equals to. Or at least get to know in the process. Peter from /Film, Steve “frosty” from Collider, and Jon Schnepp have been the three biggest influences.

Jon is- was an amazing man. I will regret for the rest of my life that I never got to meet him in person. But every single thing he did was fantastic. It kills me to hear of his passing. And I hope and pray that his loved ones and family are okay in this time. There’s very few people like our sweaty king. And I will remember him for the rest of my life. I hope you do too.

Rest In Peace Jon.


Written by Alex Lancaster
(Alex is a life long film fan, and has dedicated his life to watching, making and obsessing over films. His favorite film is Big Fish, and he despises Avatar. He has a 4 year old son. And a bad habit of saying more than he needs to. Follow @alex5348 on Twitter)


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