Artist, game designer, musician and Digital Eel co-founder William R. Sears passed away recently at the age of 58 due to heart trouble. Specific details on the cause of death were not revealed. Better known as "Phosphorous" in the indie game scene, Bill was a core influence on Digital Eel's games - particularly the trippy artistic style of games such as Strange Adventures in Infinite Space, Brain Pipe, Soup de Jour, Dr. Blob's Organism, and many others.
While Bill's passion was in developing indie games with his friends at Digital Eel, he paid his bills by contributing to a large number of games over the years including Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Crusader: No Remorse, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Magic: The Gathering - Battlemage and many more.
You can see his list of accomplishment at Moby Games.
Rich Carlson, co-founder of Digital Eel, shared his thoughts on Bill's sudden passing:
"Iikka [Keränen] and I want to let you know that Bill was such a good friend and ally, and being able to collaborate with him and dream up crazy stuff together was so fun and surprising, and so fruitful. Knowing Bill and creating with him was an absolutely priceless experience of a lifetime and his exuberance and creativity and humor will be sorely missed. This is a vast loss."
Bill is survived by his wife Glenda, his daughter Leeah, and his son Corbin. We offer our condolences to the friends and family of Phosphorous for their loss. Bill's contributions to gaming will be sorely missed. On a personal note, Bill's influence on Digital Eel's games and on the indie game scene will never be forgotten by this writer. Rest in peace, Bill.
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