It has been reported that Scottish indie dev Stew Hogarth passed away yesterday following a lifelong battle with congenital heart disease. He was just 34.
Hogarth had roles at Denki and Chunk, and recently founded his own studio, Smiling Bag Games. He'd also worked on projects for Sky, BBC, Cadbury's, Cartoon Network, Dreamworks and Nickelodeon in the past.
Some of Hogarth's final tweets were related to the recently-released Super Mario Maker, and some of the stages he created are being re-shared online in his honour.
This is sad
I had not heard of him before this, but RIP to him nonetheless. My condolences to his family.
This is very sad news.
R.I.P. Mr. Hogarth.
Good lord, just 34 years young...
So sorry to hear that, my condolences to family and friends.
So sad, rest in peace.
Way too young, considering that I'm 36. RIP, mr Hogarth. I'm looking forward for your levels to play in honour.
Wow. That's very sad and unfortunate. That's way too young to pass away. Rest in peace. I'll be sure to give his levels a try when I get home today.
R.I.P condolences to his lover one.
Just played the levels and they were all really, really well made. He will be a loss to the community as well as in general.
I'll be that age in a month. Scary and sad.
Game creation is a pretty low-risk profession, so we don't often hear of deaths, which makes each one all the more sad. Consolences to all of Stew's family, friends, and collegues.
Very sad, RIP my friend.
Rest In Peace, love to your family... 'Forever Young'
My condolences to his family and friends. He died way too young.
Shame that he died at such a young age. I'll be playing all three of those levels today.
From his Twitter:
"Fighting congenital heart disease & winning"
RIP my fellow Scot. This is sad
I didn't really know about him but it's sad that he died at such a young age. I'll be sure to play the levels he made; whenever I can, in his honour.
@NintendoFan990 Was that supposed to be a pun? Because if not I'm a terrible person for almost laughing. (Well I am anyways but you know.)
Once Again, RIP.
@TantXL To be fair, i think that even Mr Hograth would have laughed a little
Its the pun you laugh about, not the circumstances.
@TantXL @Einherjar Omg, I didn't even intend it to be a pun! XD
Aw this is so sad
I'll be sure to play his levels and send some stars.
May his best traits live on in all of us and what we do. These levels are a tribute. Get everyone to play them.
That's horrible. Rest in Peace. My condolences to his family and friends.
Even though I've never heard of him this is still sad news,Thoughts with is family.
34 is way too young to die. May he rest in piece.
Sorry to hear that. If I had Super Mario Maker I'd play his levels. R.I.P
Oh my, that's too young. RIP Stew.
Really impressive that the last of his tweets are about Super Mario Maker. But it's the person who is important. Condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.
May he rest in peace.
Wow, my brother also has a heart disease.
Rest in Peace, Stew Hogarth. Hopefully you're now having a blast with Iwata 😏
Life is precious and fragile. I'll take time to try his stages. I'm sure his family knowing other's are enjoying his work would be a comfort.
His last name is Hogarth. Hogarth is the name of the main character in Iron Giant. Iron Giant is a sad movie. R.I.P. man
I played all three levels and they are really quite good. He had a strong grasp of good design. As an example, he wanted you to know the way to go at the start of his Ramparts level, but instead of using a sign, he used the falling debris "sound effect" (I believe it's under sound effects, but it's really visual) to direct your attention upward. To his family and friends, he will be missed for a lot more than Mario levels. But, since that's my only contact with him, I really wish I had the opportunity to enjoy more of his work.
By the way, he apparently uploaded a revision of the first level, so the address in the top tweet doesn't work. Just enter one of the others and you can find the revision and the other two.
Rest in peace, sir.
I've never heard of him beforehand, but 34 is far too young. Regardless, Rest in Peace, and I'll be sure to play his levels when I pick up Super Mario Maker.
I would seriously like to know what games he worked on.
Read the news, played the levels, gave my condolences every time.
I haven't been on the site ever since Iwata's death, made sense to start commenting again with this article.
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