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Oculus VR Co-founder Andrew Reisse Killed in Police Chase

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Andrew Reisse, the co-founder and lead engineer of Oculus VR died in a tragic accident on Thursday evening.

Andrew Reisse, the 33 year old co-founder and lead engineer of Oculus VR (the company behind the Oculus Rift) was killed on Thursday evening in Santa Ana, California when he was struck by a speeding car involved in a high-speed police chase.

According to KABC News, the car was driven by three “gang members on probation” who were involved in a “physical altercation” with police and hit two vehicles and “ran through several red lights including the one where they struck the victim”. The suspects have since been taken into custody with one recovering in hospital from injuries sustained during the crash.

Oculus CEO Brenden Iribe and chief software architect Michael Antonov provided the following statement on the Oculus VR Blog:

We have some completely unexpected, tragic news to share. On Thursday, we lost a very dear friend and founding member of our close-knit Oculus family, Andrew Reisse.

Andrew was a brilliant computer graphics engineer, an avid photographer and hiker who loved nature, and a loyal friend. Andrew was unique in so many interesting ways. He was extraordinarily kind and utterly selfless. He was a mentor and an inspiration to everyone around him.

Some of us have known Andrew since college, and have worked with him at multiple companies beginning with Scaleform in Maryland which he helped start at age 19, then at Gaikai in Aliso Viejo which brought him out to California, and finally at Oculus where he was a co-founder and lead engineer.

Andrew’s contributions span far and wide in the video game industry. His code is embedded in thousands of games played by millions of people around the world.

Andrew was a freethinker and stood by his opinions and ideals. He was against corporate agreements that restrict an employee’s ability to contribute to open source side projects. When pushed by Autodesk to sign such an agreement, Andrew opted instead to join Brendan at Gaikai, the cloud streaming company, in California. Michael and Nate joined Andrew and Brendan a week later, where the team worked on Gaikai’s cloud gaming platform and SDK until they started Oculus. Andrew continued his work on open-source projects all the while.

Andrew’s impact on the software and hardware we’ve developed at Oculus is immeasurable. He was a lead on the Oculus SDK, the Unreal Engine integration, Hawken VR, and nearly every demo we’ve shown since the company inception. Despite all his work, he never bragged or boasted. When he wasn’t programming at the office, he was learning, reading his favorite web site — slashdot.org — or helping other teammates brainstorm and innovate.

He believed in what we’re building and always pushed the team to be better than we thought we could be.

Andrew was taken from us long before his time. Words cannot express how sorely he will be missed or how deeply our sympathy runs for his family.

Andrew, you will always be in our thoughts and never forgotten. We love you, Reisse.
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    PJE , June 2, 2013 6:30 AM
    Very sad news indeed.
    Could you revise your headline to be 'Oculus VR Co-founder Andrew Reisse Killed BY Police Chase'.
    He was not being chased merely in the wrong place at the wrong time. Your headline makes it look like he was doing something wrong.
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    Dan Pactanac , June 2, 2013 12:03 AM
    This is just sad.
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    guru_urug , June 2, 2013 1:33 AM
    Unfair unfair world. The good people suffer for no fault of their own while the bad thrive happy. I hate reading such news.
    RIP Andrew Reisse, thank you for your contributions.
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    Dan Pactanac , June 2, 2013 12:03 AM
    This is just sad.
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    Stimpack , June 2, 2013 12:14 AM
    NO! DAMNIT, NO!!!!!!!!!
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    JOSHSKORN , June 2, 2013 1:17 AM
    RIP
    That'll only get him (the driver) only 24-48 months in prison for that particular offense, which is wrong. He shouldn't be able to live on, as criminals never change their ways.
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    guru_urug , June 2, 2013 1:33 AM
    Unfair unfair world. The good people suffer for no fault of their own while the bad thrive happy. I hate reading such news.
    RIP Andrew Reisse, thank you for your contributions.
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    erraticfocus , June 2, 2013 3:26 AM
    A tragic loss on every level. RIP.
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    AusVip3r , June 2, 2013 5:05 AM
    Hope something good comes out of this absolute tragedy and the yanks learn from other countries for once and stop these stupidly dangerous high speed chases.
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    AusVip3r , June 2, 2013 5:10 AM
    Hope something good comes out of this absolute tragedy and the yanks learn from other countries for once and stop these stupidly dangerous high speed chases.
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    Spooderman , June 2, 2013 6:00 AM
    D:
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    PJE , June 2, 2013 6:30 AM
    Very sad news indeed.
    Could you revise your headline to be 'Oculus VR Co-founder Andrew Reisse Killed BY Police Chase'.
    He was not being chased merely in the wrong place at the wrong time. Your headline makes it look like he was doing something wrong.
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    dalauder , June 2, 2013 6:44 AM
    Hopefully this will help with legislation to end police pursuit in high-speed chases. The danger to the public is outrageous and frequently ends like this. If the suspect didn't bomb the Boston Marathon, then it's not worth killing people to catch him.
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    zeratul600 , June 2, 2013 7:49 AM
    Please americans make a petition or something, those guys deserve death penalty, if the state won't allow that, at least life sentence! if it was a politician or a damn socialite those guys will be in serious trouble not some damn 12 months! he was someones son, someones friend, and even a important piece of the video game industry, justice must be done!
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    gsxrme , June 2, 2013 8:12 AM
    Those gang bangers should be charged for murder
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    eklipz330 , June 2, 2013 8:57 AM
    truly tragic. he would have surely reaped large rewards for the headset after release. the good die young
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    house70 , June 2, 2013 9:17 AM
    Quote:
    Hopefully this will help with legislation to end police pursuit in high-speed chases. The danger to the public is outrageous and frequently ends like this. If the suspect didn't bomb the Boston Marathon, then it's not worth killing people to catch him.


    With the advent of aerial support of currently militarized police force, there is no justification for high speed road chases anymore.
    BTW, NO criminal act is worth killing other innocent people to make it right.
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    rwinches , June 2, 2013 9:41 AM
    Sure hope the product continues as a legacy.
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    warezme , June 2, 2013 9:57 AM
    but it's ok to wildly chase cars through public streets because there "might be" a super dangerous killer on board. We will assume a murderer criminal and put the public at risk.
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    razor512 , June 2, 2013 11:31 AM
    Really sucks
    They need to stop doing high speed chases, if a criminal flees, then use alternative methods to track them, then get a sniper ready and send a few 50 cal rounds through the engine block
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    dalauder , June 2, 2013 12:26 PM
    Hopefully this will help with legislation to end police pursuit in high-speed chases. The danger to the public is outrageous and frequently ends like this. If the suspect didn't bomb the Boston Marathon, then it's not worth killing people to catch him.
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    dalauder , June 2, 2013 12:28 PM
    Hopefully this will help with legislation to end police pursuit in high-speed chases. The danger to the public is outrageous and frequently ends like this. If the suspect didn't bomb the Boston Marathon, then it's not worth killing people to catch him.
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    woodscrews , June 2, 2013 12:56 PM
    motherfuckers...
    goodnight, sweet prince
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