Halo and Guild Wars 2 composer Stan LePard dies
The gaming industry mourns the loss of a legend this week. Over the years, composer Stan LePard has brought his musical talents to the soundtracks of a number of high profile franchises. Sadly, it looks like LePard has passed away suddenly recently.
LePard’s death was recently announced by his friend and colleague Maclaine Diemer via it Twitter staff. According to Diemer, LePard passed away quite brutally last week. No cause of death was cited.
“His passing is a huge loss to his family, friends and the Seattle gaming audio community,” Diemer wrote. “I am looking to set up a donation fund for his family and will announce more details here when I have them. Thanks, Stan, for everything you’ve done for me. I will miss you dearly.
The photo in the tweet above is from our trip to Frankfurt (Oder), Germany where we recorded the first live orchestral music for Season 2 of @Guild Wars 2Content of Living World. I learned so much from him during these sessions, lessons that I still think about as I work today.
– Maclaine Diemer (@maclainediemer) February 14, 2021
Stan LePard’s contribution to music is vast throughout the gaming industry. His work can be found in Flight Simulator X, Crimson Skies, Shadowrun, Toy Soldiers and massive franchises like Halo (Reach and 3: ODST), Destiny and Guild Wars 2. LePard’s work goes beyond gaming too, used in the likes of the Windows platform and the Encarta encyclopedia series. That is, he is most likely the one who has spent time near a PC for decades has likely heard some of LePard’s work in one place or another.
With LePard’s passing, the gaming industry is saying goodbye to an incredible contributor of fantastic games and app music spanning decades. Regardless of his opinion of the material cited above, it’s hard to deny the impact of several of these projects throughout the scene, and Stan LePard has been instrumental in bringing them to life through his musical scores.
We will be following this story for any future updates. For all of his hard work and contributions, Shacknews celebrates Stan LePard’s accomplishments and extends condolences and best wishes to his friends and family during this time.