Jon Schnepp Passes Away At Age 51

Jon Schnepp Passes Away
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On July 19th, 2018, fandom icon Jon Schnepp passed away due to devastating complications from a stroke. He was born on May 16th, 1967 and was 51 years old. Schnepp was best known for his work on short films and television series such as his documentary film The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, as well as his regular appearances on Collider Movie Talk, Collider Nightmares, and Collider Heroes, in which he hosted.


Schnepp’s fiancé, Holly Payne, released the following statement on behalf of his family:

“It is with a broken heart that the Schnepp family and I must announce the passing of our beloved Jon Schnepp, who died peacefully on July 19, 2018.


Jon ultimately succumbed to the effects of a massive stroke. He had a blood clot removed from his left carotid artery, but the bleeding could not be stopped. Irreparable and catastrophic damage was caused to both hemispheres and all brain activity ceased. His sister Deborah and I had to make the difficult decision to take him off life support. There was no possible way for him to recover. Please understand.

I spent the last hour of his life with him holding him, laying my head across his massive chest, kissing him, stroking his hair, playing his favorite songs, and telling him over and over again how much I love him. My life has been forever changed by Jon. I feel endlessly grateful to have shared 16 years of laughter, love and incredible adventures together, including making a feature film, as well as a television series later this year in his honor.

Jon’s mother Miriam, his father Davis, his sister Deborah and I are devastated beyond measure. We appreciate your love and support, and most importantly your understanding of our privacy at this time as we grieve.


Thank you,
Holly Payne”

On a personal note, I’ve been following him since the AMC Movie News days. Though, I didn’t know him that well, I considered him a friend.  He was one of the inspirations that led to me becoming a diehard film and television fan, as well as starting this very website. I’ve always appreciated his passion, knowledge, talent, and love of his fellow “sweaties”.

Without Schnepp, I would not be where I am today. I thank him for all he has giving to me and many fellow fans across the world. May he rest in peace.


Here’s a photo of us last October at New York Comic Con:

Reilly Johnson, Jon Schnepp, and Mark Ellis.


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