Sad news about Ben Hurst, SatAM Sonic writer

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  1. Quexinos

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    I don't know how many of you knew this but Ben and I were very close but I'm copying this to as many Sonic places as I can ala one of his requests for should this ever happen. This isn't easy to say, but today I got a phone call from Pat Allee who was the co writer of SatAM.

    Unfortunately, Ben passed away a couple weeks ago. :( They think it was his diabetes, which I didn't even know he had. I guess it came kind of suddenly. He even had a doctor appointment on Wednesday but he died Tuesday before he could go. What they believe happened is that he fainted and then went into a diabetic coma. Then he just died peacefully in his sleep, which is how he wanted to go. He didn't feel any pain or anything so that's comforting.

    I feel very weird by this whole thing. He was such a lively man. He lived such a full life and he told me numerous times that if he died tomorrow, he'd be fine with that. I'm truly grateful for having known such a great man. I'm sure he's happy wherever he is now. I'm upset but knowing these things I think I'll be able to carry on.


    Thanks Ben. It was wonderful getting to know you and hearing all your amazing stories. I'll never forget them and I'll never forget you either. I hope your next life is as fulfilling as your last. And know that all. your friends here miss you and love you very much. So again, thanks for everything
     
  2. Quarterman

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    I'm sorry to hear that. My sincere condolences.
     
  3. Quexinos

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    I just realized too, Pat said he died a couple weeks ago Tuesday, which means he died on my birthday. That just fucking sucks right there. I'll try not to think about it too hard but... that's just insane.

    Also in case you're wondering, Pat had been trying to call me for two weeks now. I didn't recognize the number so I never answered. It wasn't until today when she left a voice mail that I finally got the message, so that's why it took two weeks for me to find out about it.
     
  4. Ritz

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    Man. And to think that the one time I had a chance to speak to him during that one SAGE IRC event, I didn't take it at all seriously and opted for light trolling. Not that I had anything particularly special to ask or say, but still!

    I thought he said he was going to give us his season 3 scripts at some point? Whatever happened to that? Did he actually do it and I missed out, or are they just lost to time now?
     
  5. Quexinos

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    <!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->I thought he said he was going to give us his season 3 scripts at some point? Whatever happened to that? Did he actually do it and I missed out, or are they just lost to time now?<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
    He never had any scripts but he did have part of an outline. I should have it somewhere, but I'm still not sure if I should be showing it off. I'll talk to Pat about it. I think Ben said if he ever passed on I could share it but, I just want to be sure.
     
  6. theocas

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    Oh man, I'm actually crying my ass off. I think I'm gonna be crying all night long. Sad. Just so sad.
    My condolences to you, his family and friends. I wish you, his family and friends luck in getting through this.

    EDIT: I just can't hold it back anymore. I'm crying like hell.
     
  7. Cinossu

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    Wow. That's so very.. sudden.

    My condolences to you, his family and friends.
     
  8. Ch1pper

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    Phoo... I've been meaning to rewatch my SatAM boxset; now I can do so in his memory. My condolences. RIP Ben.

    ... I recall him saying in a chat (that I'm thinking might be listed here or on another fansite) that should this happen, he'd release his outline and the like. I just didn't think it'd be quite so soon. :( I feel like crying a bit, but I'm too used to keeping it in. Again, my condolences.
     
  9. XCubed

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    Oh my gosh....this is so sad.

    I just finished watching the entire SatAM series just a few months ago and I remember reading about how he wanted season 3 to actually happen in one way or another. He even had a secret "If all else fails" plan that he mentioned implementing if nothing else worked. My guess would be some sort of animated movie. I was hoping he would pull through to make it happen someday, but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be. I feel like I was just getting to know him through all the past readings. Quexinos, you were quite lucky indeed to really get the opportunity to interact with him.
     
  10. NomadTW

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    *salute*

    You shall be missed, friend. Even if I'm not a huge fan of SatAM, I still have a lot of respect for the man, and what he did with his time here. Surely, his memory will be kept alive for future generations through his loved ones, and fans like us.

    Heart goes out to his family and friends.
     
  11. Yash

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    Oh shit. That really sucks.

    I never got to talk to him or anything, but I'll always have a special place for SatAM in my weary, jaded fanboy heart. Rest in peace, Mr. Hurst.
     
  12. JaxTH

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    Jack shit.
    SatAMMan is dead...?

    Wow. That sucks.
     
  13. Lord Nero

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    This is unbelievable, I know what its like to lose a friend suddenly, I lost my best friend in November, its still tough, I wish all his friends and family the greatest of strength to get through this rough time, and my deepest apologises. I never knew him personally, but I know he was a kind and decent man, I hope something comes about of his Season 3, he certainly deserves that. RIP.
     
  14. That's so terrible. I'm sorry for your loss, and I'm sorry the world never got to see any sort of SatAM revival from him. He seemed like a kind fellow and I think he and the others at SatAM did a wonderful thing for Sonic.
     
  15. This is so sudden. I'm so sorry to hear about this, and hope you feel better soon.
     
  16. Mercury

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    And a little piece of my childhood died with him. =(

    RIP.
     
  17. SA2

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    Wow.. I'm so sorry to hear.. I didn't even know the guy, but I was a huge fan of SatAM. And I feel really bad to hear about his passing, like someone I personally knew passed away.. It's kinda unbelievable. Maybe something SatAM related comes out of this, in his memory. But in the meantime, I think I'm going to finally rewatch the series.

    RIP. And my condolences for you and his family.
     
  18. We should all be happy that SatAM came out on DVD before he passed on. I'm sure he was just as tickled as the rest of us were to see it officially issued on DVD and shown the respect it deserves.
     
  19. <!--quoteo(post=499334:date=Aug 31 2010, 09:34 PM:name=SA2)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (SA2 @ Aug 31 2010, 09:34 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=499334"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Wow.. I'm so sorry to hear.. I didn't even know the guy, but I was a huge fan of SatAM. And I feel really bad to hear about his passing, like someone I personally knew passed away.. It's kinda unbelievable. Maybe something SatAM related comes out of this, in his memory. But in the meantime, I think I'm going to finally rewatch the series.

    RIP. And my condolences for you and his family.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    Ben Hurst has always been a source of inspiration to me since we shared a couple conversations over the course of this decade. In fact, due to this disheartening news, I have decided to dedicate my Sonic Fan Film in his memory.
    <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/Sonic-the-Hedgehog-Fan-Film" target="_blank">http://www.indiegogo.com/Sonic-the-Hedgehog-Fan-Film</a>

    So rest assure, something of SatAM WILL surface!
     
  20. JaxTH

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    Jack shit.
    <!--quoteo(post=499382:date=Aug 31 2010, 10:48 PM:name=A Knothole Resident)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (A Knothole Resident @ Aug 31 2010, 10:48 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=499382"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Ben Hurst has always been a source of inspiration to me since we shared a couple conversations over the course of this decade. In fact, due to this disheartening news, I have decided to dedicate my Sonic Fan Film in his memory.
    <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/Sonic-the-Hedgehog-Fan-Film" target="_blank">http://www.indiegogo.com/Sonic-the-Hedgehog-Fan-Film</a>

    So rest assure, something of SatAM WILL surface!<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    Always got to get that in there, don't ya?
     
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