It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Phil Gosch (known as Saphires) and his wife, Mikaela. Our deepest condolences go out to their families and all those who held them close.
Phil was an integral part of the Blender community, having been with us from the early days. He had deep 3D and coding knowledge was always advocating for Blender. We had the pleasure of hanging out with him on multiple Blender Conferences, where he also presented his work relating to Blender and AI last year. I got to know Phil a passionate, level-headed and very funny person.
Phil and Mikaela were also active in the Austrian skateboarding scene; a tribute in their memory can be found here: Tribute to Phil and Mikaela (Google translated).
They had just gotten married in Greece in August. Tragically, during what should have been a blissful honeymoon, they were caught in the midst of the devastating floods.
Please feel free to leave a memory of Phil or a message in the comments below.
Phil, you will be deeply missed.