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Former National Film Board animator Ryan Larkin died of lung cancer on Feb. 14, 2007.
Larkin's work included the Academy Award nominated short 'Walking' (1969) and the acclaimed 'Street Musique' (1972).
Larkin quit the NFB in the late 1970s as his life spiralled out of control due to drug and alcohol abuse. He became homeless and supported himself by panhandling. He later was the subject of Chris Landreth's Academy Award winning short 'Ryan'.
More recently Larkin had been back at work, first on the 2005 piece 'Spare Change', and in December of 2006 on three 5 second bumpers he did for MTV. See Terry's piece on the film 'Ryan' for more information.