Tributes are being paid to Ben Daglish, the influential composer of many video games from the 1980s, who has died aged 52.
Daglish composed the music for a number of games released in the 80s, including Cobra, Trap, The Last Ninja and Deflektor, on all three major 8-bit computers of the time: the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC.
According to a message from Sarah, Ben Daglish’s wife, posted to Facebook, the composer died on 1st October from complications associated with lung cancer.
“We are all at home feeling loved and supported, and our thoughts are with all of you who knew, loved, got irritated by and were lucky enough to have a little bit of his magic in your lives,” she said.
Tributes were paid by video game developers and fans alike, who pointed to a number of Daglish’s works.
Sorry to hear of the passing of Ben Daglish. I worked with Ben on â€œPacManiaâ€� back in 1987.
As a teen I would listen to his music via the rudimentary internet (C-Net). Primitive technology by todayâ€™s standards but pioneering days.https://t.co/2oiQfd5LOU
— Jay Gunn (@GunnComics) October 3, 2018
Very, very sad to hear of the passing of Ben Daglish, composer of game music for the Commodore 64, Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and Amiga and who influenced a lot of my early work writing game music for the BBC Micro and Archimedes.
— The Bleeding Obvious (@bleedingobvs) October 4, 2018
There’s a ton of Ben Daglish’s C64 music playable in the browser if you’d like to have a listen to his music at work today… such an amazing talent RIP.https://t.co/Wf8XujaSJr
Full list of C64 music here https://t.co/QE2SiK8HST
— Andrew Montgomery Hayes (@hayesmakergames) October 4, 2018
In bed and crying. Ben Daglish has passed away. He was an inspiration to me as a kid. I’m absolutely gutted. Only 52. pic.twitter.com/dyAykWEnma
— noob (@evilnoob) October 4, 2018
Saddened to hear about the passing of Ben Daglish. One of the greats of the #chiptune era and the man responsible for one of my all-time favourite #C64 tunes, the legendary Trap Demo… https://t.co/SoDSck0wsy #retrogaming
— Tall Man with Glasses ðŸ‘“ (@stuartwitts) October 4, 2018
Daglish, who was born in London and lived in Derbyshire, also played in a number of UK bands and attended retro computer game events.
Jeff Minter, founder of Llamasoft, called Daglish an “amazing talent and an absolutely lovely bloke”.