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Visual Effects Artist Eric Algren Dies at 32

Eric Algren passed away unexpectedly on May 25, 2007, at the age of 32, reports the BIG CARTOON DATABASE.

His most recent work was as a Flame artist on FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER. He also served as a digital compositor on the upcoming sci-fi thriller THE INVASION, which is set for release in the U.S. on Aug. 17.

He worked for such companies as Hydraulx, Digital Domain and Creo for projects including 300, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, AEON FLUX, LITTLE MAN, FAILURE TO LAUNCH and TITANIC. In 2000, he was an animation assistant on Disney's DINOSAUR.

Algren was born on Aug. 22, 1974, in Narragansett, Rhode Island to Charles G. and Barbara W. Algren (Whipple). He was raised in Manchester, Connecticut and Narragansett. He graduated in 1992 from Manchester High School followed by Emerson College in Boston where he graduated from in 1995.

Recently, he launched his own company, Burning Bridges Inc.

His mother Barbara of Narragansett; fiance Bayu LaPrade of Marina del Rey; sister Lorayne Algren Black; brother-in law David H. Black, Jr.; and nephew and niece Robert Charles Black and Sarah MacKenzie Black of Groton, Massachusetts, survive him.

A memorial service will take place at Old Narragansett Church in Wickford, Rhode Island on Sunday, July 15, at 11:00 am. A scholarship fund has been set up in his memory at Emerson College. Please make checks out to Emerson College and include the Eric Algren Scholarship Fund in the memo section of the check. Send contributions to Emerson College, 120 Boylston St., 7th floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02116-4624, ATTN: A. Meyers.

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