Jens Nygaard Knudsen, the designer of the iconic LEGO minifigure, has passed away at the age of 78.
A veteran Designer Niels Milan Pedersen gave a heartfelt and beautiful memorial on Knudsen.
"It is with great sorrow and dismay that I must announce that an amazing man, the best colleague of many years, an unforgettable friend, the most loving husband, father, father in law and grandfather: Jens Nygaard Knudsen has passed away on 19th February 2020," Pedersen said in a statement, per Brick Fanatics.
"Among all those who have worked for, built with, and generally known and loved LEGO over the years Jens should be known and remembered as one of the most important designers ever. He was the man who created the LEGO Minifigure, he was behind all the classic themes: Space, Pirates, Castle, Trains and countless more besides. He was a leader and an inspired builder.
"Few have ever had as much imagination and creative power as he and no one who has got to know, or simply met Jens will be able to forget his amazing, lovely and positive personality. LEGO fans around the world should know that perhaps the most important ever creator of the LEGO Universe is no more. Honour his memory. His equal no longer exists."
Knudsen is best known for his designing the Minifigure that you see in nearly every LEGO set. The interchangeable figures have been a staple ever since their initial introduction in the 1970s.
One of the most underappreciated and iconic designers of our time. Knudsen gave the world all he had, and we will always appreciate him for it.
Our sympathies and our appreciation go out to his family.