Sonic the Hedgehog fans mourn Ben Hurst
This morning, user "Quexinos" (formerly known as Sonique) reported to Saturday Morning Sonic that Ben Hurst – Chief Writer and Director of ABC's Sonic the Hedgehog (1993-1995) – died several weeks ago after fainting and falling into a diabetic coma.
Ben has a page on Facebook, which will probably be made into a memorial.
The news is sure to hit Archie and SatAM Sonic fans very hard, as Ben was instrumental in moulding the cartoon (and by extension, the comic that had been inspired from it) into what it was.
Even after Sonic the Hedgehog was not renewed by the American Broadcasting Company in 1995, Ben remained very active within the fandom, responding to questions from fans at SAGExpo, keeping in touch, and generally going above and beyond what most staff of a show would do. In the last few years of his life, he worked at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, setting up and managing exhibits and displays.
Ben, wherever you are now, we hope you're at peace. We'll miss ya. Thanks for all quality entertainment you've brought over the years.