‘Halo’, ‘Guild Wars 2’ and ‘Destiny’ composer Stan LePard has passed away
Prolific video game composer and orchestrator Stan LePard has passed away. He was known for his work on Guild Wars 2, the Halo series and much more.
The news was shared by LePard’s friend and colleague Maclaine Diemer on Twitter Monday February 15. Diemer revealed that LePard died unexpectedly last week.
“Knowing him has helped shape and change the course of my life and my music. He played an important role in my work for @ GuildWars2, in addition to his own musical contributions to the game, ”said Diemer.
I am deeply saddened to say that last week my friend and colleague @stanlepard died suddenly. Knowing him has helped shape and change the course of my life and my music. It was a big part of my job to @Guild Wars 2, in addition to his own musical contributions to the game. pic.twitter.com/F8SxGs99EQ
– Maclaine Diemer (@maclainediemer) February 14, 2021
Diemer added, “His passing is a huge loss to his family, friends and the Seattle gaming audio community. 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.
Apart from his contributions to Guild Wars 2, LePard had also worked on a number of other renowned game titles and franchises such as Halo Reach, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo Wars, Destiny, Fable II, Crimson Skies, Age Of Empires III: Asian Dynasties, Age Of Mythology and much more.
Following the news of LePard’s death by Diemer, the Guild Wars 2 Twitter account shared a tribute to the late composer, saying, “We are so saddened to hear of Stan’s passing and grateful for all that his music has brought to the world of Tyria. Thanks, @stanlepard. “
– Guild Wars 2 (@ GuildWars2) February 14, 2021
Composer Jon Everist, who worked with LePard on Battletech, also paid tribute to the late composer on Twitter. “RIP to my friend Stan, who was also the orchestrator of BATTLETECH (and many others) and a talented songwriter, keyboardist and just a good person. I will always think about BATTLETECH sessions in Budapest as one of the best times of my life, ”he said.
RIP to my friend Stan, who was also an orchestrator for BATTLETECH (and many others) and a talented songwriter, keyboardist and just a good person. I will always think of the BATTLETECH sessions in Budapest as one of the best times of my life. 🖤 https://t.co/lgxkN50Mt8 pic.twitter.com/j7YMMrFWoU
– Jon Everist 🗯 (@JonEverist) February 14, 2021
Outside of the gaming industry, Stan LePard was also known to have composed the Installation music ‘Out Of The Box Experience’ for Windows XP. He was also a keyboardist for Seattle-based soul-funk band Planet Fly. The group paid tribute to him on Facebook, saying LePard “was a beast on the keys, but more than that, a gentle and kind soul.”
“Sending prayers to his family and to all who knew him. Stan is definitely blowing it out the window with the music angels, ”they wrote.