Ben Spurgin (aka Spurginator) has been gracing newgrounds with his creativty for almost a decade now. I loved his over the top flair for the dramatic, as well as the ridiculous, and I rarely found anyone who was able to marry the two so effortlessly.
No matter what medium he worked with,be it film,games, or music, he attacked it with the same Zest and flair that only Ben could do. At times Ben would come to me for advice, but I would always go to him for inspiration, and thankfully I still can through his submissions.
I feel selfish in saying this, but I'm more pissed than sad that he's gone.
We had plans man!!!..I wanted to see both of us grow, compare notes, goof on each other. Whatever. Thankfully he left us his StickSlayer , Power of the Geek, Peeman cartoons to watch, and forever will his work be immortalized on NG, for the old and new flash artists alike.
And to Ben's mom,
well you know how I feel, and that feeling is echoed throughout NG and every upcoming flash artist hes ever inspired.
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Man that really sucks.. :<
:( it sucks when an NGer moves on.
So, what was the reason that he's gone? Kinda' sad though, cause (no matter how much I love stick animations) StickSlayer was awesome.
^ Ben passed away from a heroine overdose on October 13, 2009. ^
Owh man. Thats totally messed up.
I mean, taking heroine isn't a smart thing, I guess. But an overdose would suck. It would suck indeed.
That legendary man left this world?????? I remembered he let me test out his Pimp's Quest game back when he was working on it.....
I've been following his work since he started submitting way back in '00/01. It's sad to see a Newgrounder go. I also remember he wanted to do Pimp Quest 2. No more Stick Slayer. :/
I don't even know what to say...
His flashes were creative and funny and it's terribly sad that he is no longer with us.
r.i.p. ben...i wish you were still with us but sadly your not. you wont be forgotten ben.
I used to watch Stick Slayer when I first came to NG, and I loved the concept. I didn't know much about him past his movies, since back there wasn't the social aspect the site has now. It's a shame he had to go out on account of drugs. Shooting H is like playing Russian Roulette, only you never know how many chambers the gun has, or how many bullets are in those chambers. I'll watch an episode or two and drink a beer for the fallen.
Oh man...that's never good.
Rest in Peace, Ben.
Ah dude! I feel ya man. I lost a best friend too. (Only to Cancer.)
Find Peace dude, often the main reason why most artists 'are' so creative is that they do so much drugs. It's a sacrifice of life, to the dedication of one's art.
Newgrounds should have a "Hall of Fame" section.
A place dedicated to deceased artists with great art.
Take Care Bro.
No Anger Okay?
It'll just make you feel worse.
As long as he isn't forgotten, he lives though his art.
When Brudda IZ died, it was a sad day. But he did what he loved. Life is all about doing the meaningful things in life that are meaningful to you. That's all that really matters really.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ltAGuuru7Q">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ltAGu uru7Q</a>
it's so sad when you've got to say goodbye to an NGer :'[
It really sucks that he died from a Heroin overdose, and I've lost family members myself (but not from drug overdoses). The man had as much a role in making Newgrounds into what it is today as you, Tom, Wade, Dan Paladin, Em Kaah (where is he now is a mystery to me), McFretN, Sirkowski, N0-G0D, Krinkels, Adam Phillips, and many others. I really looked forward to Stick Slayer 9, Power of the Geek 4, Generic Man 2, and Pimp's Quest 2. He planned on having at least 250 shots in the latest Stick Slayer. Who will continue build upon that is anyone's guess. In other words, Ben Spurgin wasn't just one of us; he was THE BEST of us.
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I looked forward to SS 9 as well. I shot off a PM to his moms. Though I know shes probably too distraught to think about such things right now, I told her I would be honored to push my side movie away for now, and finish Stick Slayer 9 for him.
He did a short piece for my old ng under attack movie :*(
As sad as this is, it is so cool that he created a character that so many of us Newgrounders feel a connection to.
R.I.P Ben "Spurginator" Spurgin your work will live on forever.
When Psycho Goldfish gave me the news I thought it was some sick joke. I can't believe Ben is dead. We always talked about collaborating in some way, either a game, or on some metal tracks, but I guess now we never will... He was one of the nicest people I've ever known, turned me onto alot of great music, and was a truely gifted artist. The world has lost a great animator, guitarist, musician, and human.
Hard drugs are a plague.
I don't know what to say... he was such a great person.
aww man thts awful just awful he will live on we should make a remembrence flash day about him and use his previous flashes as inspiration R.I.P Ben Spurgin