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Friday 3 April 2015

Legendary Amiga Coder, Edgar Vigdal Passes Away

Edgar Vigdal
Browsing Facebook this morning I sadly learned that a couple of nights ago legendary Amiga programmer Edgar Vigdal passed away.

Posting via the Warblade MK 2 Facebook group, Simon Quincey left the following message;
"Edgar Vigdal passed away two nights ago, we suspect of cancer. I'm not sure i need to provide more details even if i get them...
One of Edgars close friends has given us this information earlier this evening and right now Kev and I are quite shocked and very saddened by the news.
Edgar and I would talk night after night for hours at a time, often into the early hours of the morning. We became close friends over the many years doing this, skyping till our ipad batteries were flat, sharing jokes and trading our latest music finds... And recently we had agreed that finally i was going to visit Norway so we could actually meet for the first time this May and i'd stay with him and his family... I'm going to miss those chats.
This is a rather sudden shock for all of us and i'm really not sure what else to say. My thoughts and deepest sympathies go to Siv, Marta, Rebekka and Markus and all the rest of the family. 
RIP Edgar my friend."
Like many of you reading this blog I have many happy memories of playing Edgar's creations on the Amiga. Deluxe Galaga was one of my favourite Amiga games, but I also enjoyed Deluxe Pacman, and more recently Pixie, which was about one of the only games I played on my Mac.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Edgar in person, but I did swap a couple of emails with him. I always found him to be a perfect gent and extremely helpful.

If you get chance over this weekend, fire up one of Edgar's creations and hold up a joystick/pad as a celebration of his life, and then settle down to this wonderful interview Amiga PD conducted with him a couple of years back.

Rest in peace, Edgar. You'll be sorely missed.

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