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Horizon Zero Dawn Lead Producer Passes Away

There's a dawn over the horizon.

Dutch developer Guerrilla Games pulled the curtain on some saddening news as E3 2019 came to a close. The studio announced that its lead producer Patrick Munnik passed away. He was just 44 years old.

The news landed early morning Thursday, June 13. The Horizon Zero Dawn developers took to Twitter to deliver the news, saying Munnik is "no longer with us" and that the studio is "eternally grateful" for his contributions to the team.

Herman Hulst, Guerrilla's co-founder and managing director, shared his heartache on Twitter as well, calling Munnik a "reassuring presence" whose great humor and friendship "will be sorely missed by our entire team."

According to a GamesIndustry.Biz report, Munnik joined Guerrilla in 2011, holding the role of senior producer for the duration of his time with the company. He worked on both Horizon Zero Dawn and Killzone: Shadow Fall.

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I'm 44 also. I guess I better get my stuff in order.

RIP Patrick

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oh wow and so young!

Very sad to hear.

Hell of a legacy to be proud of.

RIP and sympathies to your family in these hard and sad times.

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That Crunch gets to ya.

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Rest in peace. The game you produced was amazing. This is so saddening.

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Hate hearing news like this. May he rest in peace, and his family and loved ones find comfort.

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I wonder what was the cause, he was only 44 years old, may he rest in peace

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So talented and so young. You'll be missed and the game you helped creat inspired great things for the single player category. My thanks and my "sentido pesame".

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Very saddening news. May he R.I.P. and may his family be brought strength to endure their pain.

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RIP. :(

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May he RIP

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He leaved a mark in this world with HZD, one of the best games ever made.

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RIP.. I loved HZD and i'm also 44.. very sad.. :(

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@Peasly:

Same here, it is a great game. He was younger than me ?

Rest in peace

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Didn't enjoy the game but RIP :( Far too young

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sad day, Horizon Zero Dawn is a shining example of what game should be.

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Damn, RIP =/

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cancer? accident? overdose? he was way too young

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Very sad. RIP Patrick Munnik. Glad he was able to be part of an extraordinary game like HZD.

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WoW! How ue unexpected san and sad =-(

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HZD was great, RIP partner.

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I loved the hell out of Horizon Zero Dawn, so my sincere condolences.

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RIP

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Damn, that's tragic. Rest in peace.

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So sad, wonder what he died from? R.I.P. ..

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Rest In Peace, Mr. Munnik.

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Rest in Peace, And thanks for the amazing experience in HZD.

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We could each only hope to produce a piece of art or entertainment so excellent, even if only once.

Keep creating, folks.

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rip

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RIP Patrick.

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