Matthew Hickey (pictured), the co-founder of California-based U.S. indie Workaholic Productions, has passed away at the age of 47, following a battle with cancer.
Before setting up Workaholics with his friend and business partner Luke Ellis in 2003, Hickey worked on a range of series, including History’s Modern Marvels, for which he wrote and produced more than 20 episodes. He also contributed to shows such as A&E’s Biography and Discovery’s Rivals.
Under the Workaholic banner, the team produced programs for a range of U.S. networks, including Fortune Finders (for National Geographic Channel), Prehistoric Assassins (Discovery Channel), Scary Tales (3Net), Alien Storms (Science Channel) and The Real Story of Thanksgiving (History).
The company’s 2010 special, The Real Story of Christmas, was re-aired on H2 last month, just before Christmas Day.
Hickey passed away on December 26, 2013, “in the arms of his mother and surrounded by his loving family and members of the clergy,” the Massachusetts-based Patriot Ledger reports. He is survived by his parents, a sister and two brothers.
A memorial service celebrating his life will take place tomorrow (January 4) at 1 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Hingham, Massachusetts. A scholarship fund, named the Paul and Diane Hickey Family Scholarship Fund, has been set up in his memory.