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Ton Roosendaal on sick leave


Ton just posted the following message:

For the month of March I am on sick leave, so won’t be able to work much. I’m scheduled for a full recovery in April but the doctors will want to keep me around for frequent checkups for three or four more months. That means I will be able to work, but I won’t be able to travel… No FMX, no Annecy and worst of all… no Los Angeles Blender Conference for me!

That’s the reason I share this news, my health is going to be fine but it impacts my work – so to prevent speculations I would like to share a bit more info with you.

Last week Monday night I was hospitalized with an acute immune system failure. It was critical and severe but quickly fixed up and diagnosed to be excellently treatable with common medicines. Because of my weak immune system I’m confined to a special over pressured area in the hospital, to prevent germs or viruses from reaching me. Basically it’s the safest place in Amsterdam now!

Last week I migrated all Blender Foundation/Institute operational tasks to Francesco Siddi. He will take over ongoing projects and communication for me until I’m back in April. I would appreciate it if everyone would respect my rest for this month. I can’t handle thousands of good health mails or personal messages now! Social media will do fine :) I know you care!

For the time being, the LA Blender Conference preparations continue swiftly. The conference is in June, so we have time to review options. Of course we will follow the official USA government policies for events like this. We’ll keep you posted.

Amsterdam, March 5 2020
Ton Roosendaal.

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Get well soon Ton! I wish you a speedy recovery and thank you so much for all your hard work, truly appreciated. :)

  2. All the best to you Ton, wishing you a speedy and full recovery for your health. Rest up and do not worry yourself because you have built and excellent team who are more than capable of maintaining Blender until your return, we all look forward to having you back

  3. Take your time, rest, relax, and remember to take care of yourself first. There's a saying that goes "If you can't take care of yourself then you can't take care of anyone else." Basically You come first in Your life. Love you Ton and all the hard work you've done.

  4. He man, wish you all the health in the upcoming times. I hope you recover fully.
    You are actually the "immune system" for Blender... Hope to see you back in action, soon.

  5. Beste Ton !
    Zorg vooral goed voor jezelf en hopelijk ben je spoedig weer van de partij.
    Bij deze, alle lof voor het fantastische Blender programma, programma dat me reeds onnoemelijk veel 3D-plezier heeft laten beleven.

  6. Great.

    Ton's gonna be getting out of the hospital just about the same time we're all turned into zombies.

    It's all on you, man! Blender now needs a de-zombification mode.

  7. Get well soon Mr. Ton, eat natural organic foods and natural drugs like sea quill products, avoid fried and avoid microwave cook.

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