At age 52, Morgan Taylor died after being nominated for a Grammy. The multimedia artist who created music and art for kids passed away after a “brief and sudden illness,” his friends wrote on GoFundMe. It will be a significant loss to his wife of 18 years, Rachel Loshak, and his children, Harvey and Ridley.
He was best known for creating the World of Gustafer Yellowgold, an animated character said to be from the sun. However, Taylor received a Grammy nod in the Best Children’s Album category for the CD/DVD “Gustafer Yellowgold’s Dark Pie Concerns,” released in 2015.
Taylor told Dayton in 2015 that he wanted to become a comic book artist when he was younger. The goal of his move to New York was to become an illustrator. However, after his rock group disbanded in 2003, his wife suggested he create a kids’ book project.
“One of my jobs, when I worked at Gem City Records, was to write up the new releases on the board, and I would draw a funny cartoon a lot,” he explained how Gustafer Yellowgold was born. “I drew this yellow cat-faced looking guy, and that basically became Gustafer later. Once I started writing up the stories, we started showing them to people, and people were excited about it right away. We printed up copies, bounded them at home with spray glue and twine, and made 20 copies of the book and passed them around.”
Taylor’s memorial service will take place in Dayton, Ohio, on August 18. The obituary provided insight into some things the artist was known for daily.
“Morgan was unbeatable in Pictionary and Name That Tune. He was a lover of hot sauce and Funyuns, and had a weakness for puns, which he wrote, illustrated, and shared often,” read his obituary. “Morgan truly was the best dad Harvey and Ridley could have asked for. He will be missed terribly by everyone who knew him.”
Check out Morgan Taylor’s animation below.