Heavy Rain composer passes away at 56

Monday, 28th January 2013 04:59 GMT By Naren Hooson

Normand Corbeil, the composer who worked with Quantic Dream and created part of the Heavy Rain soundtrack has passed away at the age of 56 from Pancreatic Cancer.

The news was confirmed on The Cancer Forums by Corbeil’s son, who posted, “My father, Normand Corbeil, 56, passed away today at 2:56 PM. He was a great composer and an amazing dad… I am in shock.”

According to 8bitfix, and courtesy of GameInformer, his son’s signature on the forum reads:
“- Dad, 56, diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer August 15, 2012.
- Dad passed away January 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM.”

Corbeil won many awards for his composition work, including BAFTA and AIAS awards for Heavy Rain. His site has a full list of his awards.

The Heavy Rain song ‘Painful Memories’ is available below.



  1. Telepathic.Geometry

    :( That’s a damned shame…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dragonborn

    What a loss :-( , the soundtrack he composed for the game was amazing , may he R.I.P

    #2 2 years ago
  3. polygem

    shame. too young. rest in peace kid.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ShaiKhulud

    Embedded song is written by Terry Delvine King guys, not by Normand.

    What a shame, srsly.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Sam Clay

    @4 spotted – I’ll change it now.

    A very sad piece of news to start the week :( – I was lucky enough to interview the great Normand Corbeil a couple of years ago when he won his BAFTA for Heavy Rain.

    He said he was a very lucky man and was so down to earth in his reaction. He also found it overwhelming that I thought of him as one of the best video game composers ever.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Beta

    Brilliant composer, RIP sir. :(

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Eddie Rodrigues

    More and more brilliant souls are departing from life… 2013 is getting pretty sad so far.

    #7 2 years ago

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