Edd Gould

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Edd Gould
Edd Gould of Eddsworld.jpg
Edward Duncan Ernest Gould

(1988-10-28)28 October 1988
Isleworth, London, England
Died25 March 2012(2012-03-25) (aged 23)
London, England
Cause of deathRecurring infection caused by acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Resting placeMortlake Crematorium
EducationUCA Maidstone (2008–2011)
  • Animator
  • artist
  • voice actor
Years active2000–2012

Edward Duncan Ernest Gould, (28 October 1988 – 25 March 2012) was a British animator, artist, writer, director, and voice actor. He was best known for creating Eddsworld, a media franchise consisting of flash animations and web comics featuring fictionalised versions of himself and longtime collaborators Thomas Ridgewell, Matt Hargreaves, Tord Larrson and others.[1] After Gould's death in 2012, production of Eddsworld was passed on to Ridgewell and later Hargreaves.

Early life[edit]

Edd Gould was born on 28 October 1988 in Isleworth, Greater London to Susan Gould[2][3] and Duncan Gould. He had a sister and a brother. He attended the Orleans Park School[4] as depicted in his first Newgrounds entry "Edd", and met Matt Hargreaves during a sports day event there. Gould drew his friends in his comics and Hargreaves became a prominent part of Eddsworld.[5][6]

Gould met Tom Ridgewell online, a fan of his work, shortly after he started making stick animations. He likewise met Tord Larsson online. Ridgewell and Larsson were included in the Eddsworld cast along with Hargreaves, appearing in Eddsworld Christmas Special 2004.[7]


In 2000,[8] Gould began animating using a GIF program to publish on Stick Figure Death Theatre. When the website stopped accepting GIFs, Gould spent seven months learning Macromedia Flash, helped by Lavalle Lee.[9] Gould published his first animation on Stick Figure Death Theatre or Stick Suicide called “Bendee 1” on November 7, 2002.[10]Later on, Edd made his first Newgrounds entry on 6 June 2003, titled "Edd."[11]

In September 2008 Gould began studying as an independent animator at the University for the Creative Arts in Maidstone. He joined Cake Bomb, a creative media group founded by Ridgewell.[12] He voiced the "I Like Trains" kid in TomSka's "Asdfmovie" series on YouTube, and animated the second episode of Asdfmovie.

Illness and death[edit]

On 16 April 2011, Gould revealed he had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells. It was his second diagnosis, having been previously diagnosed with the same illness on January 30 2006.[13][14] He posted a video on YouTube entitled "Edd vs Cancer" featuring himself, Ridgewell, and Hargreaves discussing the diagnosis. He platformed his illness for several sketches on his friends' YouTube accounts.

Gould died from a recurring infection caused by the cancer on the morning of 25 March 2012.[15] He was 23 years old. Ridgewell and Hargreaves announced Gould's death in a short video, "RIP Edd Gould (1988–2012)", two days later.[16] The funeral was held on 10 April at All Saints' Church in Isleworth, where a eulogy compiled from video clips from fans and friends was shown. The last episode he directed for Eddsworld, "Space Face (Part 1)", was released on YouTube on 2 June 2012. Eddsworld production passed to Ridgewell who continued to produce episodes as part of Gould's will. Under Ridgewell's direction, profits went to CLIC Sargent (now Young Lives vs Cancer), a UK cancer charity supporting children, young people and their families.[13][17]

Gould was cremated and buried at Mortlake Crematorium. In April 2012, Hargreaves and Ridgewell attended VidCon in Los Angeles and scattered some of Gould's ashes near the Hollywood Sign.[13][18]


Year Title Creator Writer Animator Actor Role Further details
2003–2012 (Original); 2012–2016 (Legacy); 2020-2022 (Beyond) Eddsworld Yes Yes Yes Yes Himself
Various Characters
Internet animation series and YouTube channel
2008–2011 (original); 2015–2018 (archival recording) TomSka/asdfmovie Yes Yes Ryan The I Like Trains kid
Various Characters
YouTube channel
2009–2012 Slomozovo Yes Himself YouTube channel
2010–2012 InkyKeyboard/Matt Lobster Yes Himself YouTube channel
2011 Action Bunnies (RageNineteen) Yes Various Characters Internet animation series
2011 Skeff (Paul ter Voorde) Yes Narrator Internet animation sketch
2011 Dick Figures Yes "Bath Rhymes" episode


  1. ^ Frizzle, Stephen (28 March 2012). "A Tribute to Edd Gould (1988–2012)". HuffPost. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  2. ^ "gould_sue". Twitter. Archived from the original on 16 November 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  3. ^ "vickygould/status/741543004545122304". Twitter. Archived from the original on 16 November 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  4. ^ Teed, Paul (14 April 2012). "Tributes flood in for Eddsworld creator, who died aged 23". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  5. ^ Eddsworld (8 June 2012). "Eddsworld: Legacy (fundraiser)". Retrieved 7 September 2012 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "Origins of Eddsworld – DeviantArt". 13 November 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Newgrounds.com - Everything, by Everyone". Newgrounds.com. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20040916044105/http://www10.brinkster.com/eddsworld/contact.html. Archived from the original on 16 September 2004. Retrieved 18 October 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Interview with Edd Gould". flashcartoons.org. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  10. ^ "YouTube - eddsworld's Channel". YouTube. 26 October 2009. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2022.
  11. ^ Eddsworld (6 June 2003). "Edd (2003)". Newgrounds. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  12. ^ "CakeBomb". CakeBomb. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  13. ^ a b c Strohman, David (10 March 2016). "Eddsworld: The End of a Legacy". The Young Folks. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  14. ^ "YouTubers That Died: 13 YouTubers Who Left Too Soon". NewMediaRockstars. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  15. ^ Lea, Martin (6 March 2022). "Eddsworld donation to Young Lives vs Cancer". Bridport News. Archived from the original on 6 March 2022. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  16. ^ Eddsworld (27 March 2012). "RIP Edd Gould (1988–2012)". YouTube. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  17. ^ DarkSquidge (10 April 2012). "Your Eulogy". YouTube. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  18. ^ DarkSquidge (7 January 2013). "TomSka's Day Out 6 (2012)". YouTube. Retrieved 11 May 2020.

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