This was unfortunate news to wake up to this morning: 33-year-old Andrew Scott Reisse, who co-founded VR headset maker Oculus Rift, was killed was struck by a car being pursued by Santa Ana police on Thursday.
Reisse, whose name was released to the press following the police chase that resulted in the Oculus Rift co-founder’s death as well as that of one of the suspects in the chase, was killed while crossing the street as police pursued suspected gang members in a chase/shootout through the streets of Santa Ana.
Kotaku received the following statement from Oculus CEO Brenden Iribe and chief software architect Michael Antonov:
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.
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.
Words can not express how sorely he will be missed or how deeply our sympathy runs for his family
Andrew will always be in our thoughts and will never be forgotten. We love you Reisse.
Our thoughts go out to Reisse’s family, friends, and co-workers.
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