Despite having to go through hours upon hours of dialysis each week, he still insisted on coming into work. He was like that... stubbornly enthusiastic.
He loved his craft, and he was a pleasure to work and travel with. He was quick with a hug, a smile and a funny story.
His amazing work was recognized this year when he got the show's first Emmy nomination for his work. We are so proud of that achievement which meant so much to him.
The crew of over 200 who were part of his work family shared a moment of silence today onstage. This week's shows will be dedicated to him. We miss him so much.
See some of Russell's work in the August 3 blog post, "AN INSIDE LOOK AT AGT'S HAIR DEPARTMENT."