Kelly Asbury, best known for directing Shrek 2 and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, has died at the age of 60.
The filmmaker passed away Friday after a years-long cancer battle, his spokeswoman Nancy Newhouse Porter confirmed to Deadline.
“He was one of the most admired and beloved people in the industry,” said Porter. “It’s heartbreaking for everyone.”
He worked as a visual development artist on Disney’s The Little Mermaid in 1989, as an assistant art director on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in 1993, and as a Story artist on Disney’s Toy Story in 1995.
He also worked with Sir Elton John on the animated romantic comedy Gnomeo & Juliet in 2011 for which he was the director.
And he also worked on other projects including Disney Pixar outings Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph.
Kelly most recently worked as an additional story artist on 2019 animated film The Addams Family.
He also directed the 2002 animated horse film “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” and 2019s “UglyDolls.”
In addition to directing, Asbury collaborated on many of the most beloved animated films of the past three decades. He served as character designer for 1990′s “The Rescuers Down Under” and collaborated on the story formation for “Beauty and the Beast” the following year, according to IMDb.
He is survived by wife Jacquie Boggs who he married in 2011.