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Justin Wright, 1981-2008

News has arrived of the death of a Pixarian, Justin Wright. Justin has only been at Pixar for just over a year, working in the story department, and from what I have read of him, he really, really wanted to work at Pixar and his dream came true. Justin died of a heart-attack, and his Pacific Union College alumni profile reads:

Justin’s journey to Pixar has another plot twist. He got introduced to the famous studio because of a heart transplant. When Justin was born, his heart had all sorts of complications: cardiomyopathy, a complete block, a hole between the upper two chambers, a hole in the mitral valve —the list goes on. Finally, when Justin was 12, his heart had been through too many surgeries and procedures to be of much use, not to mention that it was the size of a deflated soccer ball inside his slight 70-pound body. It was time for a transplant.

Here is his blog, and you can read what his friends and workmates at Pixar (and others) have to say about Justin at these links:

This is very sad news, and I think I can speak on behalf of everyone at Pixar Planet and Upcoming Pixar when we send out our deepest condolences to Justin’s family and friends. May he rest in peace. 

0 Responses to Justin Wright, 1981-2008

  1. guido says:

    A really sad day! That he got to work for Pixar must have been his happiest….He will be missed.

  2. Mitch says:

    My warm condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Wright. His death came much too soon. It’s a crime shame, but I am pleased that he at least achieved his dream before he passed on. I sure hope that he was a Christian — it sounds as if he was, thank goodness….

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