Sad day for the fans of Grand Theft Auto 5 and fans of electronic music in general; Edgar Froese, the man behind the original score of GTAV has passed away. You will remember him for all the original sound tracks that you hear every time you pump up a disc of the game.
The official website of Tangerine Dream the musical band he founded, has made the announcement in a saddening post:
This is a message to you we are deeply sorry for… On January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna. The sadness in our hearts is immensely.
When the news of his death spread, Rockstar Games also came up with their condolences on the official Rockstar Newswire. Referring to him as the “incredible, pioneering electronic musician,” they say that he was a huge inspiration:
A true musical icon, his body of work spanned across six decades. He was a huge inspiration to us and we are honored to have worked so closely with him on the GTAV score. Our deepest condolences to the entire Froese family.
Not that you would have missed out on the masterpieces that he has done for Grand Theft Auto 5, but if you do feel like revisiting his work, here’s something that Rockstar shared with the fans.
Froese was 70 years old and he had been in the industry for as long as anyone can remember. In fact, Tangerine Dream is regarded as one of the pioneers of electronic music from 1970s and 1980s. For Grand Theft Auto 5, Froese and his band created 22 original sound tracks which most of us have come to love.
Rest in Peace, Edgar Froese!