The Pokemon Company is grieving the untimely death of its creative design director Eric Medalle, 42. According to the Seattle Times, Medalle is the only casualty in the windstorm that hit Seattle on Sunday. Apparently, a fig tree fell on top of Medalle?s BMW X3, that instantly killed the artist. According to the report, he was with his 2-year-old daughter at the time – fortunately, she survived the tragic incident.
In a statement from Medalle?s aunt, Estrella Ferrer, she said ?It?s very sad and tragic to lose someone so young so suddenly. Everybody was shocked. I was completely shocked. I can?t believed it happened.? Ferrer describes Medalle as a very creative person and a man with many talents.
The report also said that a passerby was the one who worked on removing the tree from the car and immediately rushed Medalle?s daughter to emergency responders. The team then brought her to the Harborview Medical Center for an emergency treatment.
Eric Medalle was born and grew up in Michigan, when he eventually relocated to Seattle. He started his career as a freelance graphic designer in 1999 for the Pokemon Company. His LinkedIn page, according to the report, indicates that he is currently the creative design director of Pokemon Company – Bellevue.
The crowdfunding page for Medalle?s daughters, which was organized by Andrea Gamboa, has already passed its target amount of $50,000. Currently, the page has already collected $55,823, all for Medalle?s daughters college funding.
An excerpt of the statement written on the crowdfunding page said ?Eric?s expectation for his daughters was college, and to honor that expectation, we can ensure that college remains a reality for his girls. ?It is important that Isa and Nico are able to learn and grow, to discover what they love and pursue it to the fullest, just as their father did. ?This memorial fund will exist as a means for ongoing education and lifelong learning, a pathway that Eric helped to pave for his girls.?