One of the legendary musicians of all time, Sir Elton John, took his official Instagram account to pay his tribute to Kelly Asbury, who died two days ago at the age of 60 and shared his feelings about this devastating news.
Kelly was an animated film director known for his works in films like Shrek 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet. Also, he contributed to the storyboard of Frozen. Two days ago, he passed away after losing the battle against abdominal cancer.
Elton mentioned the times they work together with Kelly in the caption and stated that he is so proud of knowing Kelly. Furthermore, Elton praised Kelly’s talent by saying that he admired and respected his pure skills. Lastly, Elton prayed for his soul and mourned his legacy.
Here is what Elton John said:
“The greatest compliment I can give to Kelly Asbury is that I admired and respected his talent so much that I trusted putting my catalog of songs into his hands for Gnomeo & Juliet.
He more than lived up to that trust, and I am so proud of the film we all created together. The words below from David Furnish say it all. RIP Kelly and heartfelt condolences to Jacquie and his family.”
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The greatest compliment I can give to Kelly Asbury is that I admired and respected his talent so much that I trusted putting my catalogue of songs into his hands for Gnomeo & Juliet. He more than lived up to that trust, and I am so proud of the film we all created together. The words below from @davidfurnish say it all. #RIP Kelly and heartfelt condolences to Jacquie and his family. Repost @davidfurnish ・・・ Absolutely devastated that Kelly Asbury, our director of Gnomeo & Juliet, lost his battle with cancer yesterday. Kelly was one of the kindest and most creative people I ever had the joy of working with. Making an animation movie is like filling several buses with extraordinary people and driving across the globe in a giant convoy. You try to surround yourself with a terrific team because it’s an incredibly long slog with plenty of laughs, potholes and breakdowns along the road. It takes indefatigable directorial talent to drive those buses so far and for so long. Kelly was the absolute best director we could ever have wished for. He lead his team compassionately and collaboratively, and was SO talented. We’d throw story ideas around in meetings and he could sketch them up brilliantly in a matter of minutes. When we needed to try a new approach to a character’s voice, Kelly would pop into the recording studio and deliver a blisteringly genius take. He NEVER lost his enthusiasm or his belief in the film we were trying to create. He was a true partner, an absolute gentleman and so much fun. We have lost Kelly, but his bountiful spirit will live on in the magical films that he created – and the joy those cinematic love letters will continue to deliver to children of all ages everywhere. My heart and condolences go out to his beautiful wife Jacquie, his family, and the entire Gnomeo & Juliet extended family. #RIP #KellyAsbury