SNL writer and actor Mike O'Brien shared a moving photo of Villines, writing, "On our left there is my good friend Matt Villines (of "directed by Matt & Oz") lining up a shot for the Snl short, Monster Pals. I'm extremely sad to say he passed away last night. He was one of my favorite people. He taught me a ton about filmmaking and even more about being kind even when you're stressed or frustrated or sick."
"I'm going to post a handful of photos of him this week and I hope those of you who knew him will do the same," O'Brien added.
A YouCaring page has been set up seeking donations to support Villines' wife, Linda. Many have already given to the fund, including one donor who identified as Bill Hader, writing, "I'm so sorry. Thinking of you and Matt's family. From one Tulsan to another...Bill."
"Linda's commitment was and is astonishing," the description of the donation page reads. "There is no doubt that her cheer, strength, and tireless ardor gave Matt more time on this planet, and made every day purposeful and buoyant."