Video game, TV composer Normand Corbeil dies

Corbeil won a BAFTA Award for his work on the PlayStation 3 game "Heavy Rain." He also composed for "V" and "Fatal Affair."

A composer known in the video game world for his work on the soundtrack of "Heavy Rain" died Jan. 25.

Normand Corbeil's extensive resume included work on the PlayStation 3 game "Heavy Rain;" he was working on music for a new game, "Beyond: Two Souls," at the time of his death. He also composed for films and television, including "V," "Double Jeopardy" and "White Noise 2: The Light," according to IMDB.

Corbeil won BAFTA and Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences awards for his work on "Heavy Rain." He also won multiple SOCAN Awards and was nominated for two Emmys.

Corbeil, who was 56, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2012, gaming site Joystiq reported. Joystiq reviewed the music in "Heavy Rain" when it came out, calling the score "superb" and saying it drew players into the experience.

Word of Corbeil's passing first appeared online via his son, Laurent Bastein Corbeil, according to IGN. A user on a cancer support forum who is believed to be Laurent posted Jan. 25 that "My father, Normand Corbeil, 56, passed away today at 2:56 p.m. He was a great composer and an amazing dad … I am in shock."

The gaming world has greeted the news with sadness.

Quanticdream, the studio that produced "Heavy Rain" and "Beyond: Two Souls" and worked with Corbeil on those games, posted a memorial to him on its website Monday.

"We are today deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend Normand Corbeil," the memorial says. "Normand was not only one of the most talented composers of his generation; he was a formidable person, kind and humble."

EuroGamer, in reporting the story, added, "Rest in peace, Normand, and thank you."

Joystiq said, "Gaming has lost a great composer, but Corbeil's work lives on."

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