EverQuest producer and co-designer Brad McQuaid has died at the age of 51. Director of communications Benjamin Dean shared the news via the Pantheon forums (thanks, GI.biz) as McQuaid worked as chief creative officer at Visionary Realms.
“It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we share that Brad McQuaid, Chief Creative Officer of Visionary Realms passed away in his home last night,” Dean wrote. “Brad was a visionary, a mentor, an artist, a trailblazer, a friend, a husband, a father. He touched thousands of lives with his dreams and concepts. He changed the landscape of video games forever. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered in life and in Pantheon.
“Thank you, Brad, for bringing us together through your worlds. Rest in peace, Aradune.
All of us at Visionary Realms offer our deepest condolences to Brad’s family and during this most difficult time, we kindly ask that you respect the privacy of Brad’s family.”
Pantheon’s official Twitter account added: “It is with deep regret we share that Brad McQuaid passed away last night. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered by gamers worldwide.Thank you for bringing us together through your worlds. Rest in peace @Aradune.
“VR offers our deepest condolences to Brad’s family.”