It is with a lugubrious and hefty heart that I come with such a report today. I have been informed, and feel it right to inform everyone on ZU, that long-time and cherished staff member, Duncan, also known as Hylie, passed away two days ago on March 7th due to complications from cancer.

Although Duncan has had cancer complications in the past, this is more sudden to many of us than it sounds – not long ago, after a successful cancer treatment, Duncan had complained about a lump in his skin, and had been on his way to recovery after doctors discovered that it was simply an abscess. Not long after, he developed more serious cancer in his skin. Duncan was a father to four children; his fourth child is due to be born in just a few weeks.

More recently, Duncan had begun, and possibly finished his work on his own Zelda fansite, Zelda in my Pocket, a tribute to the handheld Zelda canon. The site was meant to launch on February 1st, with great fanfare, but Duncan was mysteriously absent and the site did not launch as scheduled. A collective of Zelda fansite webmasters, including myself, had been closely following his developments with Zelda in my Pocket, and had been wondering why the launch was so delayed. It seems we won’t ever see Zelda in my Pocket – but that Duncan had begun, and in all probability finished, development on a project of such grand scale portrays the dedication that he has shown to all of us in his life – working with ZU staff, being a friend to all of us on the ZU forums, living with his wife and children – he has shown dedication and determination that none of us will forget.

In the many years I’ve been working for and running ZU, Duncan is the only staff member I felt was dedicated and hard-working enough to be able to successfully build up his own Zelda site from scratch. Even in death, he deserves nothing but praise for his efforts. Zelda in my Pocket, with time, would have become a rich site filled with life and vigor that only Duncan could have provided, and I was both proud and excited to see him “graduate,” if you will, from the ZU staff.

If you would like to discuss this on the forums, a eulogy thread has been created by Aeffles, one of our super moderators on the forums. Please refrain from posting rude comments; many of us in the Zelda community are hit hard by this news, including myself, and really would rather not see inappropriate behavior.

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  • Giggoron

    I’m sorry to hear this.
    I feel like I know Duncan now… Even though I never met him.
    Rest well, friend.

  • When I saw this on the “forum”, if you know Jason, I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know him for a long time, but the sudden death of someone people knew in the Zelda Community made me feel bad. I felt even worse, as his three children, and the fourth one that will never know his dad made me rather sad, near crying (and I have a hard timing crying myself).

    R.I.P. Hylie and I hope his family will not take it too hard…

    …Damn cancer.

  • lalolalicua

    Que En Paz Descanse el buen Duncan..

    im really sorry to read thatl, i wish God give peace to Family and Friends of him..

    Rest In Peace da good Hylie..

  • Irony

    Suaimhneas síoraí.

    Rest in peace,

  • samuel (loffy)

    i’ve been away from zu for a little while, it’s not really what iixpected when i came back, its a terrible shame, i had spoken to hylie a couple of times but never really gotton the chance to really speak with him.

    i guess all i can say now is i wish im the best in the afterlife and wish the best for his family and unborn child

  • Tess

    I’ve never actually talked to him, but from what I read, he was a great guy. He’ll be greatly missed on the forums, and I hope his family will be fine.

    Rest in Peace.

  • I was one of the several webmasters and site owners out there who was helping/eagerly anticipating his 2D related site, Zelda In My Pocket.

    Honestly when I heard the news I was pretty shocked. It was pretty well understood among many of us about his previous complications and I really thought it was all behind him.

    Really, a sad sad day.

  • The Great Panda

    Man, it’s at times like this when one realizes just how real the internet can be.

    My condolences not only to his family, but everyone who knew him. I can’t say I myself am among them, but I did get the opportunity to get to know a little about him by reading his posts.

    Needless to say, I found him to be an incredibly pleasant, friendly, and helpful member, and he will most certainly be missed.

    R.I.P., Hylie.

  • Tatl-Tael

    This place really does seem to have bond with the members. I would have liked to know him.

  • zelda nerd

    I am sorry for the lose everyone there is going through. Tell his family they are in my prayers. Rest In Peace Duncan.

  • Average Gamer

    Poor guy. Rest in peace Duncan. Condolences to the family.

  • Ethinu- The Forgotten One

    I regularly visit this site for Zelda/Nintendo information, for years, and was very surprised and saddened by this news. I never knew this man, Duncan, but I feel for the people who have. I recently had lost someone dear, and reading about this reminded me of how sad I was when I had lost my loved one. My condolences to his family and wish them all the best. Rest in Peace.

  • Dak Flaber

    . . .Like said above, things like this make the internet seem so real. . .

    My heart goes out to all who knew Duncan. You were one great guy. Rest in piece, bro.

    ‘To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.’

    It won’t be the same without you.

  • trimph forks

    *cries* Hylie, oh Hylie… *cries* You will always be in our hearts, and you shall be remembered by EVERYBODY on Zelda Universe. Even strangers and non-members will always be grateful for everything you have ever done, and may your passage to heaven be a smooth one. *cries*

  • BrokenLink

    rest in peace, Duncan. I send best wishes to the family.

  • Twilight King

    May God rest his soul.

  • Tsu

    I never knew him, but I can only hope he is at peace. His poor family; his children, his wife. I can only imagine their suffering and I hope they find strength. The only thing that makes me less than miserable is thinking that perhaps he’s meeting his 4th child right now, before he or she is born.

  • Rayde

    Very sad to hear.
    My dad passed away of Cancer in 2005.
    My condolences.

  • ChainofTermina

    There is no time that is a good time to die.

    but when your unborn child is only weeks away from life, that is one of thee-most-worst times to die. that is beyond sad, beyond miserable, beyond depressing. I don’t event know how to describe how horrible an down right unjust that is.

    Good luck to his wife. She and her Childern have my simpathy.

  • Silverlance

    Although i do not know you personally, I , and many others know you because of your love of Zelda games and you made such a contrubution to this site and you will be missed by many , rest in Peace.

  • xXJulieannaXx

    It’s really sad to hear this about Duncan. He was nice really nice to me and everyone else here.

    Rest in Peace Duncan. You were a great guy.

  • Tribunal Power

    I’ve known a few people who have lost their spouse or significant other. There is no pain like it in the world. I wanted to express my sorrow for Duncan’s passing. I’ll remember his wife and kids in my prayers. I wish them to find happiness again, in rememberance of the happiness Duncan gave them.

    See you later, Duncan. That’s a promise.

  • Blue Linket

    Omg. 0.0
    I feel so sorry for the famliy that he left behind.

  • R.I.P.

  • Aarew

    Wow. Even though I never met the guy, I almost started crying at my computer when I read this. It’s so terribly sad… I’m sorry for all friends and family. AND Zelda in my Pocket sounds like it could have been a pretty cool site.

    … rest peacefully, man.

  • Julie

    I’m sorry to here this…
    I never knew him, but my aunt dies from cancer so I knoow how it feels to lose someone from it…
    God bless his family and god bless his soul.

  • As with Nathan, I was one of the webmasters that was helping Hylie develop his site. In case you guys never get to see it, it was quite beautiful. Hylie’s progress in coding and writing a website was phenomenal, and the site would have gone far. It struck me rather hard when I was informed of his death from a fellow webmaster. It is an interesting thing, knowing someone that you met over a Zelda fan site has passed away. I never met Duncan face to face, but we talked over messenger many times, and over our forum even more. He was a great person, one that everyone liked, and he will be dearly missed. May God be with his family in this time. We miss you Duncan.

    The King

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  • Carole

    Duncan was my cousin & it is lovely to see or these warming comments about him.

  • kay

    duncan was my son.i miss him every minute of every day. i am so moved by all the comments here on the site. bless you all. kay