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Commodore 64 Game Composer Ben Daglish Has Passed Away

Our hearts go out to the family of Ben Daglish, famed composer of C64 games like The Last Ninja, who passed away on Monday.

Ben Daglish composed some of the most classic 1980s video game themes, spanning across multiple systems like the Amstrad CPC to the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. But, he was most known for his work on the Commodore 64. Games like The Last Ninja, Deflektor, and an entire list of others, mark his discography. The 8-bit era belonged to Daglish in the 1980s before the music took on the more orchestral sounds.

Much to the the sadness of his followers, last night, Ben’s wife, Sarah, posted via Ben’s Facebook page to announce the passing of her husband. He was 52 years old.

“Dear friends,” the post began, “This is Sarah, Ben's wife. For those of you who don't already know I am deeply sorry to pass on the news that Ben died very suddenly on Monday morning. We know that it will come as a shock to you as it has to us. 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. I'll post details of what's happening as soon as we have sorted everything out.”

Details are minimal, but it was known that he was battling lung cancer and complications from that led to his death. But, his sudden passing on October 1 has shaken his fans and family nonetheless. Our condolences go out to the friends and family of Ben Daglish. In the meantime, let’s enjoy one of Daglish’s famed 8-bit music in his memory from The Last Ninja.

Daglish took to the stage often with the bands SID80s and Press Play on Tape to perform retro game music. Speaking of video game composers that play their old music on stage often, Tommy Tallarico recently became the CEO of Intellivision and has set course to release a new system in the near future. Check out some of the details here.

(Featured image: Chris Burton and Alistair "Boz" Bowness)

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