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Józef Kucia, Wine developer and founder of Vkd3d has passed away

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This morning we have some sad news to share that CodeWeavers announced last night, as Wine developer Józef Kucia has sadly passed away.

Kucia was the founder of Vkd3d, a Direct3D 12 to Vulkan layer used with Wine as well as being a direct contributor to Wine, Mesa and Debian.

This August, Józef took an extended vacation to the Tatra mountains to explore the longest and deepest cave in Poland, Wielka Sniezna ("Great Snowy Cave"). While exploring, he and another member of his group of six became separated by an unexpected flow of water.  Despite an extensive rescue operation, Józef and his companion died.

Words cannot express the sorrow and heartbreak we feel.  All of us at CodeWeavers extend our heartfelt condolences to Józef's family, friends, loved ones, and everyone else who grieves his passing.

We take some solace from knowing that Józef died doing something he loved, with full understanding of the risks involved.  We admire the courage and ambition he displayed in pursuing his passion.  While his life ended far too soon, it was a life well and fully lived.

You can read the full post on CodeWeavers. Rest in peace, Józef Kucia.

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Cyril 10 Sep, 2019
28 years old, damn. R.I.P
garpu 10 Sep, 2019
I can't imagine what his family's going through. He's not that much older than my nieces. :(
Shmerl 10 Sep, 2019
Sad news. He was a prolific contributor and helped with a lot of Linux gaming related issues in Wine.
jens 10 Sep, 2019
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These are really sad news. My condolences to his family and friends.
Joeyboots80 10 Sep, 2019
This is dark news indeed. My heart goes out to his family and friends for their immeasurable loss. :'(
wazz4657 10 Sep, 2019
Avehicle7887 10 Sep, 2019
Very sad news, his contributions to open source were some of the best. My condolences to his friends and family.
buono 10 Sep, 2019
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RIP Józef Kucia.
shorberg 10 Sep, 2019
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Having made such contributions by the mere age of 28 is inspiring. May you rest in peace, Józef.

My condolences to those that knew him.
enigmaxg2 10 Sep, 2019
Rest in Peace! your legacy will not be forgotten.

So sad this happened, and on top of that, in a crucial moment for Linux gaming.
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