Kelly Asbury, director of the second film in the Shrek franchise, has died at the age of 60.
TMZ reports that the filmmaker’s passing comes after his long battle with cancer.
Asbury died peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2020, in Encino,California, according to his representatives.
Perhaps best known for his work on Shrek 2, Kelly Asbury was born on January 15, 1960. He was also a screenwriter, voice actor, published children’s book author/illustrator and non-fiction author.
Asbury started his animation career at Walt Disney Feature Animation from 1983 to 1995, where he contributed storyboards for several animated films.
He began working for DreamWorks Animation in 1995, and directed two Academy Award-nominated feature films, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) and Shrek 2 (2004).
Asbury also directed and co-wrote the animated movie Gnomeo & Juliet (2011), for which he also provided the voices of the tiny Red Goon Gnomes.
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