×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Renowned ’80s Game Composer Ben Daglish Dies at 52

British music composer Ben Daglish died on Monday. He was 52.

He’s known for creating the soundtracks to many 1980s video games on the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, and Amstrad CPC, including “Gauntlet,” “Trap,” “Deflektor,” and “The Last Ninja.”

Daglish was reportedly diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015. His wife, Sarah, confirmed his death in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

“For those of you who don’t already know I’m deeply sorry to pass on the news that Ben died very suddenly on Monday morning,” she said. “We know that it will come as a shock to many of 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.”

Daglish lived in Derbyshire, England, and performed in a number of bands. He also regularly appeared at various retro computer game events. When not performing, he worked as a programmer writing network device backup software for network security company Restorepoint.

Many took time to pay tribute to Daglish on social media. “Our hearts go out to the family of Ben Daglish, famed composer of Commodore 64 games like ‘The Last Ninja,’ who passed away on Monday,” tweeted video game world records organization Twin Galaxies.

“The music and games world lost a rare talent this week,” wrote Leeds Beckett University senior lecturer in audio engineering Ben Mosley. “I had the privilege to work with Ben Daglish on a few occasions and the even greater privilege of being able to call him a friend. He will be hugely missed.”

“Sad to hear of Ben Daglish’s passing,” said fan Andre Nelson. “His music formed part of my childhood soundtrack, and his talent in composition and coding at machine level was legendary.”

More Music

  • Sirius Logo

    SiriusXM Unveils $8 Essential Plan for Consumers Without Cars

    SiriusXM wants to cater consumers without cars, or cars without compatible stereos, with a new $8 plan for mobile and in-home listening. Dubbed SiriusXM Essential, the plan offers access to 200+ channels featuring the network’s entire music programming, as well comedy, news and select sports channels. Consumers will be able to test the new plan [...]

  • Adam Lambert, of Queen, performs at

    Adam Lambert Back to 'Idol' to Mentor Finalists Through Queen's Catalog

    Adam Lambert famously launched his career on “American Idol” a decade ago performing a brilliant audition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He wrapped that amazing eighth season performing with the band on the season finale, and years later earned his current spot as the front man touring as Queen + Adam Lambert. On April 28, Lambert comes full circle as he steps [...]

  • Beyonce's Netflix Deal Worth a Whopping

    Beyonce's Netflix Deal Worth a Whopping $60 Million (EXCLUSIVE)

    Netflix has become a destination for television visionaries like Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, with deals worth $100 million and $250 million, respectively, and top comedians like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle ($40 million and $60 million, respectively). The streaming giant, which just announced it’s added nearly 10 million subscribers in Q1, is honing in [...]

  • Synthplex

    Synthplex Conference Draws 2,500 Electronic Music Enthusiasts to Burbank

    The inaugural SYNTHPLEX Music Conference, held in Burbank on March 28 through 31, drew more than 2,500 electronic music enthusiasts. The confab included performances, lectures and, most importantly, hands-on time with instrument manufacturers — from marquee names like Roland and Elektron down to smaller, more boutique modular companies. Among the highlights was a standing-room-only keynote [...]

  • A-chan, Kashiyuka, Nocchi. A-chan, from left,

    J-Pop Stars Perfume Talk Coachella, Influences and Sourdough Bread

    One of Japan’s most popular groups, Perfume became the first J-Pop act to ever take the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with a performance last weekend. Formed in 2000, the electro-pop trio will do another set at the fest’s Gobi Tent on Sunday. That concert will conclude Perfume’s U.S. tour to promote their album, “Future Pop.” Nocchi [...]

  • Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Joins Nick

    Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Joins Nick Mason at 'Heart of the Sun' in Surprise Reunion

    Fifty years after the release of the Pink Floyd classic “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun,” Roger Waters and Nick Mason reteamed to perform the mini-epic Thursday night at Mason’s show with his band Saucerful of Secrets at the Beacon in New York. And to replace the question “Which one’s Pink?” with [...]

  • Texas Tech Virginia NCAA Basketball Final

    Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj to Tour Together This Fall (EXCLUSIVE)

    A day after Variety broke the news that Nicki Minaj has parted company with her longtime managers, sources close to the situation confirm that she will tour this fall with with Chris Brown. This week the pair released a collaborative single with G-Eazy called “Wobble Up.” While no itinerary was immediately available and it was [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content