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Oculus VR lead engineer Andrew Reisse dies in tragic accident

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Andrew Reisse
Andrew Reisse

A tragic accident has stripped Oculus VR of one of its founding members, Andrew Scott Reisse, who died on Thursday after being struck by a car involved in a police chase. As ABC Los Angeles reports, Reisse was killed in a crosswalk by suspects who were fleeing the scene of a crime.

Reisse was one of the founding members of the Oculus VR team, and worked on the virtual reality headset's integration with the Unreal engine — including the Oculus Citadel demonstration. He left his mark on several companies, include Scaleform, Gaikai, and eventually Oculus, where he served as a lead engineer.

"Andrew was a brilliant engineer and a true loyal friend"

"Andrew was a brilliant computer graphics engineer, an avid photographer and hiker who loved nature, a true loyal friend, and a founding member of our close-knit Oculus family," Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe said in a statement. "Andrew's contributions span far and wide in the video game industry. Words cannot express how sorely he will be missed or how deeply our sympathy runs for his family."

In separate remarks provided to The Verge about the tragic events, Iribe said that Reisse "was extraordinarily kind, private, and selfless." Iribe said that Reisse "didn't care for any attention but he was really proud of Scaleform and Oculus and what he contributed."