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Legendary game music composer Ben Daglish dies age 52

"The world needs more like Ben, not less"

Ben Daglish, known for composing music on 1980s classics like Cobra, The Last Ninja, and Trap, has died age 52.

Daglish was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015 but overcame the illness, even using it as inspiration for a live show in 2016.

In a statement on Facebook (via Eurogamer), the family said: "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."

According to his music page on Facebook, Daglish died suddenly on October 1 after the cancer returned.

Tributes are now being paid to the influential composer who produced work for games on the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, and Amstrad CPC.

Llamasoft founder Jeff Minter described Daglish as an "amazing talent and an absolutely lovely bloke".

Colleague and friend Chris Abbott said: "The world needs more like Ben, not less."

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Dave Vout Director, Big Head Games2 years ago
What a sad thing to hear, first Fergus and now Ben, the games industry was founded on the work of these people, I truly hope sound designers today understand just what Ben gave the industry. Ben you were such a great person to talk to, I loved our chats at shows and events, they will never be the same for me.
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