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Incredibly Sad News!!!

March 4, 2021

Everyone, I literally just came across this news and I’m devastated. Justin Lassen, a friend, collaborator and fellow artist has passed away and I’m sitting here in complete shock. I don’t know what the details are but I found some information here and here.

I was looking around for some textures and out of the blue his name just popped into my head out of nowhere! I typed it into a search engine to find his facebook (I severed all my social media ties back in 2013) and I saw the headline “Justin Lassen – In Memoriam” I thought to myself, no, that can’t be..do they know what memoriam means? But when I clicked on it, it was him.

According to his facebook post he had a really rough year. I always remember his gentle nature and his creativity. He was an artist through and through and I understood and connected with him on that level. This was a type of man who suffered for his art and I look up to and respect that quality.

Justin composed an unforgettable soundtrack for the Out Of Hell mod. We met several times in real life (he came to visit me in Canada, we met up in Vegas and had a hilarious and awesome time, we went to GDC 2010 together and he introduced me to some incredible people) and shared some awesome stories and ideas.

We lost touch over the years (the last time I talked to him was probably in 2017 or maybe even earlier) over Skype. I should have tried harder to stay connected and offer assistance where I could. I intended to go in another direction with the soundtrack for the new Out Of Hell and I remember one of the last things he said to me was “I’ll cut off my own hands to work on the soundtrack for your new game!”

If I had included him, maybe things might have turned out differently. Maybe he would have had something to keep him inspired. I don’t know guys, I don’t know. There is so much more I want to write about him but my mind is a storm right now. I’m still trying to grasp the gravity of this. He had so many aspirations and so much more to offer and this loss cannot be described.

Rest in peace my friend. I will never forget you.

From → Out Of Hell

3 Comments
  1. maladite permalink

    F@#$!! I wish it weren’t true. I’m shocked with you, And after reading his post I feel for the guy. I hope you stay strong C+R during all of this. I will always remember how his tracks added much eeriness to the atmosphere of the game. I especially liked Yomi and metnal.

    Rest in peace Justin Lassen thank you for all you done

  2. MadLad permalink

    So sad to hear that, he did wonderful work for your mod and outside of it.
    I was hearing some of his Out of Hell tracks just a couple of weeks ago, been hearing them for quite some time, my favorite being Mictlan

    Sorry for your loss, may he be remembered by the ones he knew, loved and inspired

    • C+R permalink

      I’m still in shock about it. Looking back at his work and all his pictures and just knowing that he’s not here anymore is a mindfuck. I actually had a dream about him last night and I saw him standing on the side of a gravel road in overcast weather. He looked younger and was wearing a brown/greenish beanie, brown pants and black shirt.

      It’s going to take me some time to come to terms with this.

      EDIT: Mictlan was my favorite too.

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