It is with great sadness that I must report we lost a great community member today. Octavio Mendez, a long-time cornerstone of the Mexican Blender and open source community, has passed away after fighting the Corona virus.
Claudio Malefico Andaur contacted me about this, and shared the following:
I just wanted to let you know that our friend, fellow Blender artist and admin of G-Blender, Octavio Mendez, has passed away today, victim of the Corona virus.
He was a Blender promoter in Mexico, where he lived, and created a forum, a Blender community called Blender Guanajato, where he taught Blender to many people.
I think he and his wife Claudia Ascencio, were frequent posters in Blendernation these years, giving information to spanish speakers in Mexico and other countries.
A great loss for our Free Software community and the Blender community, of which he was a great activist.
Please, if you have any stories or images to share about him and his love for Blender, share them here.
My thoughts are with his wife Claudia and his family and friends. Claudia - if there's any way we can support you in this, please let me know.
Stay strong, friends, and stay safe.