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3rd May '16 2:56:55 PM DarkPaladinX
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* Tomohiro Matsu, the writer of ''LightNovel/PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai'' and ''LightNovel/MayoiNekoOverrun'', [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-05-03/mayoi-neko-overrun-listen-to-me-girls-i-am-your-father-novelist-tomohiro-matsu-passes-away-at-43/.101728 passed away at the age of 43]], leaving two of his other works, ''Hatena Illusion'' and ''Elsa of the Mysterious Island'' unfinished.
15th Apr '16 8:35:29 PM sayaleviathan
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* Similar to Bernie Mac, plans for a potential sequel of 'Film/GalaxyQuest'' were folded after Creator/AlanRickman passed away on January 2016 due to pancreatic cancer.
14th Apr '16 7:40:14 PM Prfnoff
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* Music/HenryMancini died not long before the ScreenToStageAdaptation of ''Film/VictorVictoria'' was produced, so Frank Wildhorn was brought in to write the additional songs with Leslie Bricusse.

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* Music/HenryMancini died not long before while working on new songs for the ScreenToStageAdaptation of ''Film/VictorVictoria'' was produced, ''Film/VictorVictoria'', so Frank Wildhorn was brought in to write the additional songs with Leslie Bricusse.
12th Apr '16 1:02:52 PM narm00
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* Creator/{{Herge}} has stipulated in his testament that all his series, ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'', ''ComicStrip/QuickAndFlupke'' and ''ComicBook/JoZetteAndJocko'' were to be discontinued after his death.
* Although ''[[Recap/TintinTintinAndThePicaros Tintin And The Picaros]]'' is a decent ending to the series (there's nothing "final" about it, but it doesn't leave the reader on a cliffhanger), Creator/{{Herge}} planned to have one more final story. He was still working on a very rough draft of ''Recap/TintinTintinAndAlphArt'' when he died. Unfortunately, he never told anyone exactly how he planned to end it, and the incomplete story ended on a colossal CliffHanger.

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* Creator/{{Herge}} has stipulated in his testament that all his series, ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'', ''ComicStrip/QuickAndFlupke'' and ''ComicBook/JoZetteAndJocko'' were to be discontinued after his death.
* ** Although ''[[Recap/TintinTintinAndThePicaros Tintin And The Picaros]]'' is a decent ending to the series (there's nothing "final" about it, but it doesn't leave the reader on a cliffhanger), Creator/{{Herge}} planned to have one more final story. He was still working on a very rough draft of ''Recap/TintinTintinAndAlphArt'' when he died. Unfortunately, he never told anyone exactly how he planned to end it, and the incomplete story ended on a colossal CliffHanger.



* Steve Gerber died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, after plotting the penultimate issue of his Doctor Fate story in the ''Countdown to Mystery'' miniseries in his hospital bed. The final issue features four hypothetical endings, written by some of Gerber's friends in the industry.

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* Steve Gerber died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, after plotting the penultimate issue of his Doctor Fate ComicBook/DoctorFate story in the ''Countdown to Mystery'' miniseries in his hospital bed. The final issue features four hypothetical endings, written by some of Gerber's friends in the industry.



* Willy Vandersteen left very specific instructions behind for the continuation of his ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'' franchise after his death. No character could ever age, or change, no main character may ever be dropped or added, and sex is a taboo, and a number of situations may never be altered (Lambik and Sidonia may never wed). Vandersteen died in 1990, but gave up artistic control of the ''Suske en Wiske'' franchise in 1972, to this day his wishes remain the guiding principles of the comic- though it must be said that his successors have seriously pushed it in almost unrecognizable directions.

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* Willy Vandersteen left very specific instructions behind for the continuation of his ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'' franchise after his death. No character could ever age, or change, no main character may ever be dropped or added, and sex is a taboo, and a number of situations may never be altered (Lambik and Sidonia may never wed). Vandersteen died in 1990, but gave had given up artistic control of the ''Suske en Wiske'' franchise in 1972, 1972; to this day his wishes remain the guiding principles of the comic- comic - though it must be said that his successors have seriously pushed it in almost unrecognizable directions.



* Narrowly averted by [[FrancoBelgianComics French]] comic writer/artist Fred. After a 27 years hiatus, he published his coda to {{ComicBooks/Philemon}} before dying two months later.
* ''ComicBook/RicHochet'': Co-creator Tibet has passed away in 2010. Similar to ''Tintin and Alph-Art'''s, the album have been released in a incomplete state. Duchâteau is still around, but a reboot entitled ''The New Adventures of Ric Hochet'' has been made in 2015 with new writers.

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* Narrowly averted by [[FrancoBelgianComics French]] comic writer/artist Fred. After a 27 years year hiatus, he published his coda to {{ComicBooks/Philemon}} before dying two months later.
* ''ComicBook/RicHochet'': Co-creator Tibet has passed away in 2010. Similar to ''Tintin and Alph-Art'''s, Alph-Art'', the album have has been released in a incomplete state. Duchâteau is still around, but a reboot entitled ''The New Adventures of Ric Hochet'' has been was made in 2015 with new writers.



* Fantasy author Robert Asprin died leaving several projects in various stages of completion. He was already co-writing his ''Creator/MythAdventures'' books with Jody Lynn Nye, and she has continued the series solo. (Or at least written one new novel after several years delay.)

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* Fantasy author Robert Asprin died leaving several projects in various stages of completion. He was already co-writing his ''Creator/MythAdventures'' books with Jody Lynn Nye, and she has continued the series solo. (Or at least written one new novel after several years years' delay.)



* Chris Bunch, author of the ''Seer King'' and ''Literature/StarRiskLtd'' series and co-author of the eight book space opera ''Literature/{{Sten}}'' passed away (fittingly for a soldier) on July 4th, 2005. Bunch left notes for the final volume of the ''Star Risk'' series and it was completed by Steve and Dal Perry, both known authors in their own right, as a tribute to Mr. Bunch. The ending of Bunch's ''Corsair'' leaves the reader with the sense that there will be an additional book forthcoming to explain some missing backstory. Unfortunately, this book was never published and it is unknown if there are any notes to enable another author to complete Bunch's vision.

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* Chris Bunch, author of the ''Seer King'' and ''Literature/StarRiskLtd'' series and co-author of the eight book space opera ''Literature/{{Sten}}'' ''Literature/{{Sten}}'', passed away (fittingly for a soldier) on July 4th, 2005. Bunch left notes for the final volume of the ''Star Risk'' series and it was completed by Steve and Dal Perry, both known authors in their own right, as a tribute to Mr. Bunch. The ending of Bunch's ''Corsair'' leaves the reader with the sense that there will be an additional book forthcoming to explain some missing backstory. Unfortunately, this book was never published and it is unknown if there are any notes to enable another author to complete Bunch's vision.



* Albert Camus'a quasi-autobiography ''The First Man'' was an unfinished manuscript in a briefcase in the car crash that killed him. There are also fragments.

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* Albert Camus'a Camus' quasi-autobiography ''The First Man'' was an unfinished manuscript in a briefcase in the car crash that killed him. There are also fragments.



* Creator/ChretienDeTroyes, medieval composer of [[KingArthur Arthurian romances]], died before finishing ''Perceval,'' notable for being the first appearance of the HolyGrail. There are at least three continuations to the original romance, and Wolfram von Eschenbach's ''Parzival'' is an [[AdaptationExpansion expansion and conclusion]] of the story. This is interesting, because Chrétien's original ideas about the Holy Grail appeared to be quite different from what later writers envisioned and it's odd to wonder WhatCouldHaveBeen if he had finished it. Toward the end of his ''Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart'', de Troyes also left his scribe Godefroi de Leigni to finish it. The reasons why he did so are unknown, but he may have fallen ill and been unable to complete it himself.

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* Creator/ChretienDeTroyes, medieval composer of [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur Arthurian romances]], died before finishing ''Perceval,'' notable for being the first appearance of the HolyGrail. There are at least three continuations to the original romance, and Wolfram von Eschenbach's ''Parzival'' is an [[AdaptationExpansion expansion and conclusion]] of the story. This is interesting, because Chrétien's original ideas about the Holy Grail appeared to be quite different from what later writers envisioned and it's odd to wonder WhatCouldHaveBeen if he had finished it. Toward the end of his ''Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart'', de Troyes also left his scribe Godefroi de Leigni to finish it. The reasons why he did so are unknown, but he may have fallen ill and been unable to complete it himself.



* Creator/AndreNorton died with several unfinished projects. One manuscript, ''A Taste of Magic'', was handed off to Jean Rabe before her death. The fate of others, including the ''[[Literature/TheHalfbloodChronicles Elvenblood]]'' collaboration with MercedesLackey, remains a mystery.

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* Creator/AndreNorton died with several unfinished projects. One manuscript, ''A Taste of Magic'', was handed off to Jean Rabe before her death. The fate of others, including the ''[[Literature/TheHalfbloodChronicles Elvenblood]]'' collaboration with MercedesLackey, Creator/MercedesLackey, remains a mystery.



** Then there's ''Changeling Saga'' of two books: ''Changeling'', which ended with a minor SequelHook, and ''Madwand'', which ended with the armed BigBad on the loose. More of an OrphanedSeries, since Zelazny hasn't touched it since 1981 and died in 1995. He wasn't keen on working on it further.

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** Then there's the two-book ''Changeling Saga'' of two books: Saga'': ''Changeling'', which ended with a minor SequelHook, and ''Madwand'', which ended with the armed BigBad on the loose. More of an OrphanedSeries, since Zelazny hasn't touched it since 1981 and died in 1995. He wasn't keen on working on it further.
3rd Apr '16 4:00:50 PM WhatArtThee
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Also note that since all creators are mortal, this is not merely when a creator dies, it's when he dies when a work by him is still in progress.
3rd Apr '16 3:59:48 PM WhatArtThee
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A {{Fandom}}'s worst[[note]]yet most inevitable[[/note]] nightmare, the death of a work's creator.

This becomes even more worrisome is when they do so before completing a series, leaving it [[OrphanedSeries orphaned]]. If readers are lucky, the author had enough warning or foresight to keep notes on his plans for the rest of the series or at least fill someone else in on the most relevant plot points, so that [[PosthumousCollaboration their work can be continued by someone else]]. This may result in the series JumpingTheShark if [[OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight the replacement isn't very good]], but at least you have closure. Worse would be if the series just isn't popular enough to justify going through the effort to find a new author, leaving fans to wonder WhatCouldHaveBeen.

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A {{Fandom}}'s worst[[note]]yet most inevitable[[/note]] nightmare, the death of a work's creator.

This becomes even more worrisome is when they do so
worst nightmare; A creator dies before completing a series, his work, leaving it [[OrphanedSeries orphaned]].orphaned]].

If readers are lucky, the author had enough warning or foresight to keep notes on his plans for the rest of the series or at least fill someone else in on the most relevant plot points, so that [[PosthumousCollaboration their work can be continued by someone else]]. This may result in the series JumpingTheShark if [[OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight the replacement isn't very good]], but at least you have closure. Worse would be if the series just isn't popular enough to justify going through the effort to find a new author, leaving fans to wonder WhatCouldHaveBeen.
1st Apr '16 6:36:49 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* And then, a decade and a half later, the guy who took over for him died while working on another series, ''Anime/TowaNoQuon''.

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* And then, a decade and a half later, Umanosuke Iida aka the guy who took over for him Kanda... died while working on another series, ''Anime/TowaNoQuon''.
30th Mar '16 6:26:39 PM TheJayman49
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* The character Doc Hudson was completely absent in ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'' out of respect for his voice actor Creator/PaulNewman, who passed away from lung cancer in 2008.
26th Mar '16 10:30:32 PM JudasZala
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This becomes even more worrisome is when they do so before completing a series, leaving it [[OrphanedSeries orphaned]]. If readers are lucky, the author had enough warning or foresight to keep notes on his plans for the rest of the series or at least fill someone else in on the most relevant plot points, so that [[PosthumousCollaboration their work can be continued by someone else]]. This may result in the series JumpingTheShark if the replacement isn't very good, but at least you have closure. Worse would be if the series just isn't popular enough to justify going through the effort to find a new author, leaving fans to wonder WhatCouldHaveBeen.

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This becomes even more worrisome is when they do so before completing a series, leaving it [[OrphanedSeries orphaned]]. If readers are lucky, the author had enough warning or foresight to keep notes on his plans for the rest of the series or at least fill someone else in on the most relevant plot points, so that [[PosthumousCollaboration their work can be continued by someone else]]. This may result in the series JumpingTheShark if [[OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight the replacement isn't very good, good]], but at least you have closure. Worse would be if the series just isn't popular enough to justify going through the effort to find a new author, leaving fans to wonder WhatCouldHaveBeen.
26th Mar '16 10:05:39 AM JudasZala
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* The upcoming ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'' movie is likely to be placed on indefinite hold, following GS/GSD head writer Chiaki Morosawa's death in February 2016 (she died from an aortic dissection).

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* The upcoming ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'' movie is likely to be placed on indefinite hold, if not cancelled outright, following GS/GSD head writer Chiaki Morosawa's death in February 2016 (she died from an aortic dissection).dissection in February 2016.
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