It’s always sad to report on the passing of someone great, especially when they’ve contributed to our industry. One of these great contributors was composer Normand Corbeil, who passed away on Friday from cancer. Corbeil was the composer for Quantic Dream’s highly acclaimed PS3 title, Heavy Rain. His soundtrack has been well regarded by fans and many agree that it helped create much of the game’s atmosphere.
The tragic news was first mentioned on NeoGAF, and was then apparently confirmed by Corbeil’s own son on The Cancer Forums. He told the community the following about his dad, which he says was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer on August 15, 2012.
“My father, Normand Corbeil, 56, passed away today at 2:56 PM. He was a great composer and an amazing dad… I am in shock.”
The composer, a native of Montreal, collaborated with David Cage on Heavy Rain and Indigo Prophecy and was already working on the soundtrack for Cage’s next game, Beyond: Two Souls. There’s no word on whether his work on the game was finished or not before his passing. Corbeil also contributed plenty of music to the film industry, with his earliest work going back as far as 1987.
Normand Corbeil’s compositions will certainly be remembered by fans everywhere, and our thoughts are with his friends and family during this difficult time.