Near, perhaps best known as the creator of BSNES and higan, has died. Word of their passing came from a poignant letter, authored by a close friend. They were the victim of relentless, unflinching cyber bullying.
A true purveyor of video game emulation and preservation, Near was an absolutely brilliant programmer... and a kind, caring human-being. I was fortunate to work with Near earlier this year. After we secured Rockman EXE: Phantom of Network and Rockman EXE: Legend of Network, they joined the preservation team to assist with emulation.
Near supported and shared in our cause to preserve and distribute these two rare games with Mega Man fans everywhere. Although the project remains ongoing, we have suffered a tremendous loss. We will not soon forget their efforts -- no one will.
Our thoughts go out to Near's family, friends and colleagues.