Grammy Nominee Morgan Taylor Has Died at the Age of 52

Grammy Award nominee Morgan Taylor passed away at the age of 52. The multimedia artist who made music and artwork for children passed away after a “brief and sudden illness,” according to a GoFundMe set up by his pals.

The animated solar alien Gustafer Yellowgold, created by Taylor, is his most famous work. Taylor was nominated for a Grammy for Best Children’s Album for the CD/DVD set “Gustafer Yellowgold’s Dark Pie Concerns,” which was released in 2015.

Taylor told Dayton in an interview in 2015 that, when he was younger, he wanted to be a comic book artist and that he hoped to one day live in New York City and work as an illustrator for comic books. His wife recommended he write a children’s book after his rock band broke up in 2003.

“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 said of 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 be held on August 18 in Dayton, Ohio. The Legacy article that served as the artist’s obituary shed light on the many facets of his life and career that made him a household name.

“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,” the obituary read. “Morgan truly was the best dad Harvey and Ridley could have asked for. He will be missed terribly by everyone who knew him.”

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