In a sad turn of events, Bay Area website Berkeleyside is reporting that independent developer and former Harmonix programmer Roger Hanna Morash and his wife Valerie Morash have passed away at the respective ages of 35 and 32.
According to Berkeleyside, the couple’s bodies were found in their apartment sometime on Monday. According to the police, the deaths of the couple along with their deceased cats remain under investigation.
For the last few years, Roger Hanna Morash and his collaborators had been working on independent platform adventure game Shard, and he’d also recently been working at Harmonix as the code lead on the remake of Amplitude. Roger's full resume also includes work on Mass Effect, Dance Central & Rock Band 3. Valerie Morash worked at a researcher at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco.
The developers at Gamenest have set up a GoFundMe to raise funds for funeral expenses for Roger and Valerie’s family. You can donate to it here.
(Thumbnail photo by Allen Rabinovich)