Edward "Edd" Gould (October 28, 1988 - March 25, 2012 [aged 23]), known by his YouTube username Eddsworld, was a British animator known for his titular Flash series of the same name, which ran from 2006 to 2016. While he did not exclusively upload videos to YouTube, he did have a channel which he uploaded his films on, which often featured himself and his friends Thomas "TomSka" Ridgewell, Matt Hargreaves, and Tord Larsson (who left the series in 2008) in bizarre adventures.
Gould passed away on March 25, 2012 from a long battle against Leukemia. Two days later, Tom, Matt, and others announced Edd's death, later adding that the Eddsworld series would be continued (until 2016), with all profits going to charity.
Edd's videos feature extensive humour and surrealism. For example, in one episode, Edd and his friends are cloned via DNA left on their seats by an evil director who wants more film views.
Edd started using Flash in late 2002, but did not start making videos regularly until late 2004. In 2008, the casting suffered a loss. Tord left the crew, leaving Edd, Matt and Tom the main characters of the series. When asked by a fan why Tord had left, Edd responded "Dunno, he just didn't wish to be in them anymore". Some notable films include: Zombeh Attack trilogy, The Dudette Next Door, Zanta Claws, Tom's Tales of Awesome, Spares, 25 ft under the seat, MovieMakers, and Climate Change.
Edd Gould Vs Cancer
On April 16, 2011, Edd revealed he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells. This was the second time he was diagnosed with this illness. He posted a video titled "Edd vs Cancer" which featured himself, Tom and Matt discussing the diagnosis.
On March 25, 2012, Edd died from Leukemia. Two days later Tom, Matt and many of Edd's other friends announced his death. Tom, in the announcement video "RIP Edd Gould (1988-2012)", stated that "Edd may be gone, but his world will keep on spinning."
Eddsworld will be coming back in early 2018, as confirmed on a Twitter post by Matt Hargreaves. Its original return date was January 2018, but due to tablet problems, was pushed back to March 2018, then being pushed back again to April 2018 for the same reason.