View Full Version : Condolences/Prayers/Best Wishes to Reuben Kee's Family
11-26-2007, 08:17 PM
I'm starting this thread so those who wish to can express their condolences to Reuben Kee's family.
Please refrain from discussion and only direct your post to his family
Responses will be compiled and, if/when logistics allow, communicated to Reuben's familyUPDATE: I've contacted Reuben's father with printouts of this thread as well as a link. If you haven't commented yet, please still feel free, as we will leave this thread up as an announcement indefinitely, for all to see.
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11-26-2007, 08:21 PM
A sad loss to our community. Though I did not know him personaly, RK's music has been touching and inspiring to me and many others. We're all thankful for the music he left us to remember him by.
May this time of grief pass quickly, and your sorrow be replaced by the good memories he left. My prayers go out to you.
11-26-2007, 08:22 PM
Once more I'd like to iterate that our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Kee and his family as well as his friends.
Those lost with him as well, including their friends and family.
Too sad an occasion.
11-26-2007, 08:25 PM
Reuben was a wonderful young man.
It is most unfortunate for all of us to lose such an amazing person.
Myself and many others will never forget him.
I cannot begin to imagine how this tragic turn must make you feel, but please allow me to express my most sincere sympathy.
Reuben will always have a special place in the hearts of many.
11-26-2007, 08:26 PM
Words can offer no true meaning in the face of such sadness. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy and sadness. Reuben was an inspiration and an artist worthy of praise, so it's only fitting that he's in our hearts and in our prayers now.
He will truly be missed.
11-26-2007, 08:30 PM
My condolences. Reuben will be missed.
11-26-2007, 08:37 PM
Reuben Kee's commitment and contributions to a small budding community such as OCRemix has revealed much about himself as a musician and a person. I personally have always been excited to see his works become released on the site. It was probably his remix from Street Fighter that motivated me to collect more his songs. As a fan, he has done more for me than I could have ever done for him. I can say with some confidence that he is certainly a source of influence for aspiring musicians and will continue to be for years to come.
11-26-2007, 09:25 PM
I am saddened to say I only knew Reuben through his music. I feel that my words can offer little comfort in light of this tragedy, but I offer you my sincerest condolences.
11-26-2007, 10:30 PM
I remember assisting reuben with a 20mb remix upload onto vgmix, really incredible. His was an enormous talent. I'll be enjoying his music for years and years to come.
11-26-2007, 10:32 PM
I mainly knew Reuben through his music. His music moved and inspired me countless times. This is truly a tragic loss. He will live on in his music.
11-26-2007, 10:34 PM
I'm very sorry to hear about this. I only knew Reuben through his music and he was a very, very talented musician. My heart and sincerest condolences go out to you all.
11-26-2007, 10:52 PM
I have always felt Reuben's work carried with it such fervent emotion; for that it has and always will find a place with me. His talents were truly amazing and his passing can be summed as nothing short of a devastating loss for both his family and the communities he was involved in.
11-26-2007, 11:01 PM
While I never got to know Reuben as well as I would have liked, it's obvious that he was an incredible musician and a very friendly guy. I only pray that his friends and family make it through this tough time and hope that his music continues to touch and inspire people. My deepest condolences.
11-26-2007, 11:13 PM
Like many I knew Reuben only through his music, but even that has touched my heart many times.
My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
11-27-2007, 12:02 AM
My deepest condoleances to friends and family.
11-27-2007, 12:05 AM
Reuben died doing the thing he loved and he will be missed by many. He will be remembered here as good musician and to his family I give my deepest regret.
11-27-2007, 12:06 AM
Many condolences to his friends and family - Reu left some amazing music and his legacy will be remembered... until next time.
11-27-2007, 12:07 AM
I would like to extend my condolences. Reuben was an exceptionally talented individual, who's art has influenced the lives of many people. The world is a lesser place without him. His memory will live on through his music, and in the hearts of everyone who listens to it.
11-27-2007, 12:11 AM
I really love Reuben's music, I find his piano playing quite touching. He will surely be missed by this community, and our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.
11-27-2007, 12:26 AM
I registered on here just so I could say this.
I have tears in my eyes writing this. I discovered and downloaded Reuben's Ryu for Four Pianos a while back and never knew his name. It saddens me to only discover his name after he died. This song was always one of my favorites and I felt such compassion and power though it. I played fighters competitively in the past and this song always reminded me of the good old days of my life in the past. This hurts me more then I think it should.
Maybe it hurts also to know he was the same age as I am. To think of passing away so young...it's tough to even think about.
I will continue to enjoy all of his music. I have Ryu for Four Pianos on loop right now, with my heart broken.
He will be missed. My heart goes out to his family and friends, whether they knew him personally or through his music like myself.
Rest Well Reuben, you left a great mark on many people.
11-27-2007, 12:31 AM
I, as others, only knew him through music, but what better way to know him? His 'Ascension to Cosmo Canyon' is especially beautiful and will forever hold new meaning.
My sincerest condolences to all who were lucky enough to know him better.
I would like to send out my condolences to Mr. Kee's family. Though I too only knew about him through his music I can only wish for the best for his family. Upon first hearing his music on this site I was motivated to start the piano, and this news... brought me to tears instantly. He was an inspiration and his music was heart warming. He will forever live on by his music and in our hearts. I will keep him in my prayers, rest in peace Mr. Kee you will not be forgotten.
11-27-2007, 12:43 AM
Reuben Kee was an absolutely amazing artist. His work had such brilliant emotion and feeling poured into it--so much so that there are several of his songs that I still associate with certain events in my life.
It's hard to put my thoughts into words at this. There have been very, very few artists I've appreciated this much. He'll be very missed. My prayers for his friends and his family, and for all those to whom he meant so much. KF
I know Reuben through his music. "Ascension to Cosmo Canyon" is one of my all-time favourite music. In this way Reuben has touched my life. I really appreciate that.
I am sorry for your loss.
- Denny Iskandar
11-27-2007, 01:13 AM
Like many others, I only know Reuben through his music here on Overclocked Remixes. But considering there's so much of us impacted by his music alone signifies the talent he had, and how he has made his influence upon the OCRemix community. His songs were definitely unlike any other, tugging out emotions within myself I couldn't have expressed myself. Reuben was such a great musician, and will definitely be missed.
I send my condolences to his family, friends, and everyone else who could truly experience his blessing upon all our lives. I truly am sorry for the loss.
11-27-2007, 01:15 AM
Wasn't really familiar with his music, or him as a person, but it's always sad to see someone go at such a young age. I give my sympathy to his family and friends, and hope they find comfort in his music and knowing him.
11-27-2007, 01:17 AM
Reuben Kee will not soon be forgotten, and he has improved my life in a small, profound way with his work. I am truly sorry for your loss, but am thankful for how Reuben has contributed to this community.
11-27-2007, 01:17 AM
As is the case with many people in the OCR community, I knew Reuben primarily through his music. He was a truly brilliant and talented individual, and his death is a loss not only to this community but to the world of music. It is devastating to see such a great talent die so young.
But know that Reuben will always be remembered here. His music lives on, and we can continue to appreciate his talent. As cheesy as this sounds, I believe that one is never truly dead as long as their memory, their legacy, survives. Reuben's legacy will live on with us forever. He is a part of this community, and though he is a great loss, through his music he will still be with us always.
11-27-2007, 01:19 AM
Reuban created such beautiful music that has touched me and many others. I offer my deepest condolences.
11-27-2007, 01:23 AM
Reuben's work on Chrono Symphonic was astounding. He was a very talented musician and remixer, and I will greatly miss his contributions to the community.
11-27-2007, 01:25 AM
You had a beautiful and talented son, may he know peace when he has passed, because that is what he deserves. Bless you all, I may never have personally known him but his music will stick with me for all my life.
Thank you for his being in the wold, even if it was so short, you have my prayers to you.
11-27-2007, 01:34 AM
This is a huge loss, Reuben was very very talented and contributed some awesome music to the OCRemix community. Reuben will live forever in our minds through his music. My Condolences.
11-27-2007, 01:40 AM
I like the majority of this community did not know him personally. However, take heart in knowing that through his music, he managed to reach out to us all.
My deepest condolences for your loss.
11-27-2007, 01:44 AM
Reuben was an amazing guy, I never knew him properly but we passed thoughts on our music from time to time. It cripples me to think that one of the most influential musicians here has passed on, and may he rest in peace.
I hope the family can get through this, your son was one in a million. He touched into more people than most people dream of. I feel lucky to have known him in the way I have.
11-27-2007, 02:18 AM
Reuben Kee has reached out and affected lots of us, myself as an example. Listening to his music heavily influenced my decision to make my own music, and I've since continued with music passionately. Hopefully it can be taken as a pleasant surprise that while his memory holds through direct social connections such as family, close friends and comrades- his influence in our online community will also be heavily felt and we will share remembrance of his name. Rest in peace Reuben.
11-27-2007, 02:24 AM
I first discovered Mr. Kee some years ago while I was serving in the US Army. During that tour, I missed my new wife and my family a great deal. I mention it only so you can understand the depth of emotion that I associate with Mr. Kee's work. More often than not, it was his compositions that covered the random noises of camp around me as I tried to sleep those long months of my tour. It's cliché to say it, but music is truely a portal to the soul. By sharing his music, Mr. Kee enabled many people to explore their own emotions and situations and, I believe, consistantly come out the better for it.
I've grown up in an age where it seems like music often feels simplistic and very linear, if that makes any sense. Mr. Kee's music always stuck me as a complex and dynamic blend that would lead you from one emotional state to another one. The ability to incite empathy on the part of your audience is an extremely rare and very precious gift. I know nothing can ever really replace a lost loved one, but I think as we all (and especially his dear family) beging to cope with this untimely loss, it would be prudent to reflect on the number of people that Mr. Kee has effected over the years. Mr. Kee's music touched people from a host of countries and from all over the world. Though death is always tragic, I believe nothing better could be said of a man than that the world itself mournes his loss. And mournes not for some famous speach, moment of valour on some forgotten battlefield, or random treaty who's meaning has been lost to the ages, but rather for the simple fact that in his soul was that true spark of beauty that cried out to us all, and showed us why we as a species were ever deemed worthy of life in the first place.
11-27-2007, 02:39 AM
Reuben Kee was a very talented artist and will be missed sorely. Those who knew him can be thankful that they had that priveledge, and those of us who knew him only through his music are honoured.
11-27-2007, 02:47 AM
Music is a way to talk from within your soul and Reuben indeed expressed that. This loss is tragic but he will live forever in his music and bring happiness to all who listen to it.
You have my condolences and dearest sympathies.
11-27-2007, 02:47 AM
It is hard for me to put into words what I wish to communicate.
Suffice it to say, this is a great lost, and he and you will be in my thoughts.
As with many others, I did not know Reuben personally. However, I have always loved music and have thoroughly enjoyed listening to his work. The level of dedication and care put into each piece allowed Reuben's passion for music to show and be experienced by a community spanning the entire globe. To lose such a talent is to lose a part of this community's very soul.
My thoughts and prayers, along with those of many others, are with you in this time of sorrow. May you find some small comfort in having your grief shared by so many, and through that, may it be easier to bear. May you also take great pride in knowing that, although he will be dearly missed, Reuben has enriched the lives of people the world over with his talent, his creativity, and his ambition.
11-27-2007, 04:16 AM
I had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with Reuben on a song called "The Place We Knew." His magic on the piano was enough to bring my father to tears when he first heard it years ago... and he is not usually one to cry. This piece will always hold an even greater significance to me now. Please know that your family will be in my thoughts for a great time to come.
The Instrumental Light
11-27-2007, 04:22 AM
This is indeed sad...I hope for the best for all of you, and my prayers go out to you and Reuben.
11-27-2007, 04:45 AM
I would just like to say that, even though I likely know Reuben the least of anybody here, his personality is shown through his music and it makes me feel as if I have known him for a very long time.
My condolences to Reuben's family and friends.
11-27-2007, 04:51 AM
I, as others, only knew him through music, but what better way to know him? His 'Ascension to Cosmo Canyon' is especially beautiful and will forever hold new meaning.
My sincerest condolences to all who were lucky enough to know him better.
I agree wholeheartedly. His Ascension to Cosmo Canyon piece was absolutely beautiful, this is such a terrible loss. I've used the site for years and never touched the forums, but, now would be a good time. Extremely sorry for his family, my condolences.
Hum4n After All
11-27-2007, 05:31 AM
Man that sucks. His remixes are awesome. Dang.
The fallen shall be forever remembered.
11-27-2007, 05:41 AM
I don't even know what to say here. Just that I've been touched by his music... Man, he'll be missed.
My condolences to his family and friends...
11-27-2007, 05:56 AM
Sucks that the musical community has lost someone as talented as Reuben, who by all indications, was also one hell of a guy in day to day life. As well as having particularly big cojones for tackling Gregson Williams music, & suceeding.
I wish nothing but comfort for his close family & friends, as I'm sure they are having a hard time now.
11-27-2007, 06:09 AM
Songs from Reuben Kee I personally enjoy listening to is, "The Place We Knew", "Reflections", and "Someplace Far Away". When I listen to those songs they all have a gentle melody. From his music I must say that Reuben is a person with a good heart and soul along with lots of talent. I'm sure that Reuben Kee would like to thank family, friends, and fans for the unlimited support and love we all have given him. May we all listen to his music, his voice and place him close...in our hearts.
Goodbye Reuben Kee, you will be missed and remembered for your great passion in music.
11-27-2007, 06:35 AM
I always liked his pieces and want to express my condolences to his family. He truly was a talented person and he will be sorely missed.
11-27-2007, 08:20 AM
Miehta mailmmi dovdet dal olbmot morrasa dan seammat olbmo dihte. Dal leat oasit duodai okta.
Muhtimat su cehpodagain MUGENas, ja earat fas su lasmatvuoda dihte. Mii, su musihka dihte.
Reuben Kee, go mun gulan su nama, mun jurdilan ovttatmanos Snake vs. Dragon OC ReMix. Dat vuostas Legend of the Snake lei buorre, muhto dat nubbi lei vel buoret.
Mu olbmat oahpasnuvve Reubena musihkain mu cada, mun lean alo leamas hui angir su musihka guldalit, ja earaid oazzut guldalit. Danne go dat guoskaldahttii mu nu.
Ja savan ahte diehtibehtet din lossa aiggis, ahte dii ehpet leat akto guoddime morrasa lossa noadi, mii leat veahkkin. Go Reubena manjemus dahkku lea oazzut mailmmi okti.
Jorehis, Norggabealde Samis.
All over the world, people are feeling grief for the same man. We are acting united, as one.
Some knew his skills in MUGEN, others for his athleticism. Us, for his musical talent.
Reuben Kee, when I hear his name, I instantly think of Snake vs. Dragon OC ReMix. The first Legend of the Snake was good, but the second was even better.
My friends got to know Reuben's music through me. I've always been keen to listen to his music, and promoting it to others. Because he really touched me.
I hope you know that in your hard and sad times, That you aren't carrying the burden of grief alone, we are there alongside with you. Because Reuben's last deed was to unite the world in grief.
Joret (Yawret), Sapmi in Norway
11-27-2007, 08:34 AM
Your son will be dearly missed as a friend, a great artist and a wonderful person. Best wishes in this time of sorrow.
11-27-2007, 08:49 AM
I listen to his music almost every day at work, some of the best pieces I have, I was utterly shocked and sad when I saw this announcement. I love fantastic music, and Reu was one of the best. It's a shame that humanity loses a great person with so much talent at such an early stage. He will be missed.
11-27-2007, 09:09 AM
...I knew very little of Reuben, but when I first heard Ryu for four pianos, I found myself in a frozen state for those three and a half minutes.
I absolutely suck at goodbyes. But what I will say is that I will be hearing your voice and endeavors of you all over this site from the many here for many days to come. You and your family will be added to my daily prayers.
11-27-2007, 09:28 AM
I did not know Reuben personally. I am not even a member of this community. But I have listened to many of Reuben's pieces and I have enjoyed all of them. There are several pieces of his that have found their way into steady rotation in my car and at home. To affect people you have never met -- people you do not know even exist -- in such a direct and profound way is something most people never do, but Reuben did through his music. Upon learning of his passing, I am both happy to learn he led a well-rounded life, being a gifted athlete and musician, and saddened to know he is no longer on this earth. I extend my condolences to Reuben's family, friends, and those he touched with his music.
11-27-2007, 09:44 AM
The death of Reuben saddens us all as a community, and we are so very appreciative for what he was able to give to us. We will live and pray in hope that one day, we will be able to personally thank him for the way he has blessed our own lives through his work.
11-27-2007, 10:35 AM
I usually don't say anything here either, but when I saw the announcement, I just had to say something.
I've listened to all his songs I could find and some of my favorites I play every day. I will keep on playing them...
My condolences to his family. And thank you Reuben...
11-27-2007, 11:01 AM
When I heard Reuben died, I realized that I hadn't actually listened to his remixes. So I downloaded them all, sat down, and listened for about thirty odd minutes.
Ascension to Cosmo Canyon almost made me cry.
11-27-2007, 11:35 AM
I only knew his music, but this news really made me sad.
As a lover of music and remixing, I will really miss him, since he was one of the most talented musicians from the entire community, and even if I knew nothing about his person, I deeply admired him. But I understand this is nothing compared to the loss of the ones who loved him, and I'm sorry there's nothing we can do about it. Judging from his music, he must have been a great person.
My sincere condolences to his family.
11-27-2007, 12:18 PM
I came to OcRemix today hoping to find some cool new music but I never expected what I found. I never personally talked to Reuben Kee but I loved his music which I somehow ended up listening too everyday. I shall never forget you Reuben Kee. You touched my heart and countless others with your music and for that I am thankful.
As many people have said before me and will likely say after me, I didn't know Reuben all that well; I mainly knew him through a couple e-mails and his music. But the fact that so many people didn't know him but were still touched by his passing kinda speaks to the impact his music had on us all. I send my condolences to his family and friends and hope they can find their way through this trying time.
11-27-2007, 01:14 PM
I offer my profound condolences to Reuben Kee's family and relatives. Reuben Kee was the first artist on OverClocked ReMix that I found and listened to that made me want to mix my own music. His classical piano variations struck a similar chord to my own tastes in music.
I did not know Reuben personally but I have listened to his mixes often, most especially "Shenmue Reflections" which I listen to everyday without fail. In listening to his mixes I felt an empathic bond that all those who have listened to his mixes must have felt. This empathic bond relayed to me, and no doubt others, his passion and love for video game music and life itself.
There is so much more to say to convey my feelings. When the light of a person's vibrant life force passes on, there is always not enough words to convey the profound feelings that arise in us.
In this time of great sadness, we can only let our feelings flow fully and without restriction. Only then, with our emotions and feelings flowing can we let them go.
11-27-2007, 01:32 PM
Some of Reuben's works still come up as consistent favorites, even among my collection of thousands of songs. He had a true gift in music, and though I never knew him personally, I can't imagine that he was anything but a wonderful, inspiring person.
I offer my most heartfelt prayers and sympathies.
Weimar Pluto Knight VII
11-27-2007, 01:38 PM
Oh, man I was just listening to one of his Metal Gear Solid remixes right before I found out. Yeah, he was an excellent remixer. We'll definitely miss him. I offer my condolences to his family.
11-27-2007, 02:41 PM
I did not know him personally, but his music was really touching.
I am very sorry. Me and many other people will remember him.
I've listened to Reuben's music endlessly and it always touched me or sent chills up my spine, the kind you can only get when a true artist is at work.
I'm sorry not only for your loss, but for the world's loss that such a talent is gone. I will remember him, though I knew him not.
11-27-2007, 02:59 PM
I was shocked when I logged on OCReMix today and found that Reuben Kee is no longer with us. He was an amazing musician. My prayers go out to you... his family and friends.
Although I never met him, thinking back I realized the influence that his music has had on me. The first song of his I ever listened to was "Legend of the Snake 2: Snake versus Dragon." This was my first introduction to the Metal Gear Solid series, a series that continues to be an inspiration to me as a freshman cadet at the United States Military Academy.
I hope that instances like this, however small they may seem, of Reuben's wide-reaching impact will comfort you during this difficult time.
11-27-2007, 05:16 PM
I never knew him personally, but by just listening to his music, I feel I could get a real sense of his character. In his music I hear talent, sensitivity, passion, strength, and intelligence...I can only wonder what kind of great person he is inferring from what I've heard him produce.
Prayers and best wishes in your time of loss...he was a real blessing to us all.
11-27-2007, 05:22 PM
It is a devastating thing to lose not only a great musician, but a young man in the prime of his life. My sincerest condolences to Reuben's family. I never met your son, but his spirit showed through his music, and we all shared a small part of him while he was here. Go with God, Reuben.
11-27-2007, 05:57 PM
I'm shocked by this terrible happening. My condolences for the families and friends of these young men.
Reuben was composing some music tracks for my project. We even talked last week.
I have lost two very close relatives this year, so I think I can somehow understand the feel of his family and friends. May God bless your hearts with peace and strength to keep going.
It's a great loss, but I trust they are resting peacefully with God now, and that must be the most wonderful thing ever.
Reu's inmense talent and love for what he did will never fade away. Thank you and good bye, Reu.
Love and respect,
Chile, South America.
11-27-2007, 06:41 PM
He always treated me with great respect. He was very sincere and talented with his music and apparently with his sports & modeling. I wish we had more great men like him.
With regards to Anime Remix - we had some amazing feedback with regard from some of his submissions, and the quality and emotion in these tracks inspired many of us to push musically to achieve the same level of excellence. Truly a great musician with a big heart.
My sincere prayers and condolences to his family and friends.
11-27-2007, 06:47 PM
I couldn't believe my eyes when I read about his death. I still can't really, even though I only know him from his music. He was awesome.
I don't know what to say. My deepest condolences.
11-27-2007, 06:48 PM
Reuben's music was always a pleasure to listen to. I'd like to extend my prayers to his family; he will be missed. RIP.
11-27-2007, 07:39 PM
I do not know him personally, neither have I ever gotten an impression of what he was like as a person. I am not very experienced in this community and don't know many of the composers who work here.
But I cried.
I cried when I heard of his death and heard his music shortly after that.
The pieces he has composed are some of the most beautiful and well made pieces of art I have ever heard.
I have to thank him for his music and I wish him all the best, wherever he is now.
We will miss you.
11-27-2007, 07:39 PM
That's a great loss. Primarly for his family and friends, but also the music community here. I'm sure that's all the people you met in your life, won't forget you Reuben.
Sincères Condoléances a toute sa famille
11-27-2007, 09:06 PM
(I think Doulifée means they won't forget Reuben, not "forgive." Let's try to avoid a misunderstanding there.)
11-27-2007, 09:16 PM
Reu's music is what first led me to this community and really shaped many of my musical tastes thereafter (I was only... 13, 14 when I first heard his "Ryu's theme for 4 pianos").
I sincerely hope that wherever his spirit may be, he continues to create wonderful and powerful music; and that here on our Earthly plane, people will continue to hear and be affected by his music, and that he will be remembered for years and years to come. His devotion to his art will be missed.
My condolences, truly a loss for the community.
Mr. Bottle Rocket
11-27-2007, 09:41 PM
A terrible loss to us all, i shall not forget his talent and the impression he put upon my life.
My sincerest condolences, i understand the pain of this tragedy all too well.
11-27-2007, 10:00 PM
Just the other day I was listening to some music and one of Reuben's pieces popped up on my playlist; I said to myself, "Wow, who did this?" I made a note to definitely check out Rueben's music.
While I didn't know him personally, I do know for sure that we've lost a great artist and a great guy. I'm sorry for your loss. Reuben won't be forgotten; not by a long shot.
11-27-2007, 10:02 PM
All my thoughts go to that great compositor, we'll all miss you.
So long, divine creator.
11-27-2007, 10:38 PM
I signed up today to pay my respects. Like many here, I didn't know Reuben personally but fell in love with his music. His music had a tremendous impact upon my life and for that I feel I owe him a great debt of gratitude. I wish him well wherever he may be now.
11-27-2007, 11:09 PM
I am very sorry to hear about your loss. As you can see, many hands are held out for you across the globe. I'm just sorry that it's not enough.
11-27-2007, 11:59 PM
I know I don't post here often, but I would like to leave my condolences with Reuben Kee's family.
He had great talent and I always looked forward to hearing whatever piece he would come out with next ever since I first listened to "Ascension to Cosmo Canyon" years ago.
His inspiration still lives on in his music and he will definitely be missed.
11-28-2007, 12:07 AM
I, like many others here, did not know Reuben personally. However, even as a short-time fan of his work, I can say with absolute certainty that his music has deeply affected me and the way I listen to music. Reuben was able to capture the beauty of life that so often is not readily apparent in this world.
My heartfelt condolences to the family.
My condolences. Reuben Kee's a great artist and I enjoy his music very much.
We'll always remember him and never forget.
11-28-2007, 01:04 AM
I never knew any more personally about the man than his name until I learned of this tragedy. His music is beautiful and some of that which I listen to most frequently from this site. I am so, so sorry for your loss.
11-28-2007, 01:05 AM
Reuben sounds like an amazing young man, and I've always enjoyed his beautiful music. I say sounds in the present tense because even though he may be gone from this material world, his memory lives on in his family, friends, and fans, both here on OCR and elsewhere.
Deepest condolences to the Kee family and please know that you don't mourn alone for this terrible tragedy.
11-28-2007, 02:13 AM
I would like to say even though I didn't know Reu personally, his mucis touched my heart. His music was one of the many reasons that brought me to this site and to apperchiate this genre of music. You have my deepest condolences.
Drew "Neo Samus" Wiener
11-28-2007, 03:24 AM
This is tremendously saddening to me. I didn't know Reuben, as it seems most people in here didn't. But his music was some of the most passionate and inspirational I've ever heard. I don't post much around here, but I do more than my fair share of lurking.
Reuben belonged to a small circle of artists I revere in this community. That circle influenced me to take up an independent study of music theory, which I've indulged somewhat at my university. I've taken up guitar, and piano, toyed around endlessly with synths, started a small band, and now work as a DJ in a local bar on the side of my studies.
My point is that the music made by Reuben, and this community in general, has a massive impact upon those privileged to listen. His loss is an absolutely shattering concept that's very honestly hard for me to take in completely. But Reuben will live on in his accomplishments, and his joys, sorrows, hopes and thoughts will be forever encased in the echoing drums, myriad synths, thought-provoking ivory melodies he's left for us.
11-28-2007, 04:54 AM
I never said much here on OC Remix, but I have been a long-time fan and watcher, with Reuben Kee being among my favorite artists. I offer my deepest condolences to his family and wish to let them know how many lives he has touched with his contributions towards others and his music.
11-28-2007, 05:33 AM
I am sorry to hear that Reuben had to leave all of us so soon. For the few discussions I had with him, he was always helpful and encouraging, and I am sure the same applies to everyone in this community. I, along with everyone, will miss you. My condolences...
11-28-2007, 05:42 AM
Reuban's ascension into cosmo canyon was my and my friend's all time favorite rendition of cosmo canyon. Excellent remix from a great musical mind. We will miss him and his work. I... I don't know what to say to make it any easier for you, but maybe it will help knowing that his life impacted people in some way. I wish you all the best.
11-28-2007, 05:47 AM
My condolences go out to the family; Reuben had a wonderful musical talent and I enjoyed the music that he had posted on this site. Reuben and his family will be in my prayers.
11-28-2007, 05:48 AM
Best wishes to his family. I lost a cousin about his age. It's terrible to die young.. actually I"m about his age. :(
A little coincidental how the most recent remix is entitled 'clairvoyant eulogy'... eerie.
11-28-2007, 06:25 AM
I offer my condolonces to Reuban's family. To loose someone that age is heart wrenching. He will be missed, but his legacy will live on.
The Legendary Zoltan
11-28-2007, 07:31 AM
Your achievements were great Reuben. I'm terribly sorry that it had to end like this. I hope that the grief of all the people who have been touched by your existence can be overcame as quickly as possible.
Thanks for everything, Reuben. We'll miss you.
Less Ashamed Of Self
11-28-2007, 08:34 AM
I have a strong belief that one's character is tied closely to the music they make, and that one's expressions on their instrument of choice are extensions of themselves. I do not believe I ever exchanged words with Reuben, online or otherwise, but when I hear his music I believe, at least in one respect, that I knew who he was.
Around this community, we can often become nameless, faceless, people. It's easy to become 'the guy who did this remix' or 'the pianist who played that'. In the end we can become lines on people's playlists or tracks on people's mix cds... but regardless of that slip into obscurity, we become our art. In this way, know that Reuben's sentimental music touched my heart long before I tied a name to his tracks, and he will continue to do this worldwide both now & forever.
You should be very very proud.
I remember listening to Reuben Kee's music and his ability to convey such vast emotion through his piano. Listening to his music inspired me to pick up the piano myself and now it saddens me to know that every time I hear his music that he is no longer with us, but I am glad to have heard his music.
Reuben Kee will always have a lasting impression on me and everybody else his music and influence reaches.
I know God has a plan for each and every one of his children and Reuben so happens to be called to play his music in heaven where choirs of angels will joyfully sing alongside him.
11-28-2007, 09:57 AM
I was shocked to hear about this, it made local news here in Australia. OCR has lost an incredible talent and a shining advocate for everything we do here. Its a terrible tragedy when someone so talented with such a bright future ahead of him is cut short. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and all who loved him.
11-28-2007, 01:32 PM
It is unfortunate that I had not really heard Reuben's music before I heard of his passing - he had a great talent and I wish I had known of his songs earlier. I wish to offer my sincere condolences to you, and I will pray for you that your sorrows might be eased. God bless you.
It's a terrible thing when someone with such talent is taken from us, and Reuben and his wonderful music will be dearly missed. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
My sincere condolences and best wishes to his family.
Reuben was a rare talent who combined vision and humility; his music and memory will persist and live on.
Rest in Peace.
11-28-2007, 03:43 PM
When I first came into this website, I was looking for Metal Gear Solid remix. I downloaded a few of them and frankly, Reuben's music is my favourite! I am really impressed by his remixes. His music brings images flipping into my mind and I can see the story he's trying to say in his music. There was a few time I replayed his music over and over again for so many times!
I brought his music to my work place to share it with my colleagues. They too love it and get immersed by his remixes. My colleague took my place and kept replaying it over and over again... To me, some of his remixes had surpass the original soundtrack of the games.
We were deeply saddened by his departure from this world.. A true talent who played his music with his soul. A great lost to the community. The only thing he left behind for the people here is the passion that comes in all of his musics. He will always be remembered..
My condolence to his family. Take care.
11-28-2007, 08:01 PM
I am purely a listener and fan of much of the music offered here at OC Remix, so I am not going to act like I knew Reuben Kee or his family.
However, I knew his music and I respect what he did in such a short time in this world. I may have had no impact on Reuben's life, but the fact that I frequently listen to his works and take them with me quite often is a testament to what he was able to accomplish and contribute.
With all respect to everyone who contributes to OC Remix, truly, one of the best artists has been lost. Know Reuben that your music is still in the hearts and minds of even the most casual fans.
11-28-2007, 08:41 PM
Though I only had the privilege of speaking with Reuben online a few times, I was profoundly saddened when I learned of his passing. I did not know him closely as a friend, as others might have. However, from the times I did interact with him online, he showed himself to be nothing less than a friendly, respectful, and joyous man. His music reflected a true passion and love for art; yet despite his popularity throughout our community, he was genuinely modest. Reuben seemed so happy simply to share his creations with us.
I give my deepest condolences to his family and friends.
11-28-2007, 09:23 PM
Reuben was and is an incredible musician. His music always swept me away to another world. The amount of emotion he put into his composition, arrangement, and performance is some of the best I have ever heard in my entire life. For being such an incredible musician he was always extremely humble. I can honestly say I will be listening to Reuben's songs for years and years to come.
11-29-2007, 12:05 AM
UPDATE: I'm moving this to our announcements forum so it will be preserved indefinitely.
11-29-2007, 02:54 AM
My condolences to Reuben's Dad, Mummy, & Sis,
Sorry for the loss of your only son. Im sure he's truly a special individual even though I do not know him at all.
His music has brought people of all genres in Singapore together.
Those notes that he played since the age of two has somehow sculptured him as a unique young man & friend & a son.
I beliv he will make his best music ever and play them for God. Therefore his talent does not end here at all......
Through his pic tures, amid those those smiley faces, I knew that he has so much artistry & soul embedded in him which singles him out from the rest....
Im sure Reu misses his family so much esp his Mummy,
I just want you to be happy Reu & Pls Do not be afraid ! The angels will LEAD the way.... when you cross over..
11-29-2007, 03:14 AM
may he live on in his music.
11-29-2007, 03:32 AM
it's sad to lose such real talent. i've definitely enjoyed Reuben's amazing work; his remixes are a part of my daily mix and always brighten my week.
condolences to Reuben's family. he will be genuinely missed.
11-29-2007, 03:40 AM
I'm sad to say I never really knew Reuben, with the exception of his music. However, his music speaks volumes about the person he was. Emotional, passionate, heartfelt, and warm, his music truly touched me every time it reached my ears, and will continue to do so forever.
It's difficult to comprehend such a young and talented person being taken from the world, and I'm sure we will never understand it. I can only pray that Reuben's music continues to grow in the hearts of all those who hear it, and that the Kee family and all those affected by this incomprehensible tragedy will soon find solace for their grief.
I fancy myself as a bit of a writer, by hobby and perhaps one day profession, but even I am lost in trying to find words in such a situation such as this. I suppose I can best state it like this:
RIP, Reu. You will be missed by ears, and more importantly, hearts, around the world. May the Kee family and all others impacted soon find peace. Reuben Kee's song will forever play in the hearts of us all.
11-29-2007, 05:33 AM
As I said in the other thread a few days ago, it's a shame when someone who's just getting started in their life has it taken from them. Having such a tragedy come to pass during an event that was supposed to be happy and festive makes it sting just a bit more for those who knew him.
I never spoke with Reuben, nor have I ever heard his remixes and original music. But this fact doesn't prevent me from extending my condolences to you, his family and friends. Your loss was great, and my heart goes out to you as you make your way through this extremely hard time. If it's any small measure of confront, know that this thread shows you're not alone in your grieving, as the remixing community is sharing in some of your pain. Your son and friend touched a lot of people with his music.
11-29-2007, 06:07 AM
To the Kee family - and other loved ones - of your beloved son,
Reuben was a unique person, with special talents and gifts. He crafted some of the most beautiful music I have ever listened to. His heart and passion, expressed in the poetic melodies of his songs, touches my soul and stirs my spirit, even now. I did not know him, but I would have liked to, and hope that I may yet, some day.
More powerful than his music though, he seems to have been a generous person, with a loving heart for people, especially children. Those children he worked with won't easily forget him. The investment he made in loving them and teaching them is of greater value than anything else.
You know his heart and his passions. You know the depth of his love for you, and for his community. I'm merely a foreigner who did not truly know him, or you. I don't know what he believed, or what truths he held to, nor do I know your beliefs. However, I pray that you, as his family, are bound together in love in this time of sorrow. I pray that our loving God will comfort you in your mourning. My heart goes out to you and my prayers are with you. I encourage you, to draw close to God, who loves you all, and who loves Reuben very dearly. He knows the pain of losing a beloved son, and the suffering of each of your hearts. Reuben is precious to the Lord, as are you.
Many weep and mourn over Reuben's passing, and though this probably brings little comfort to you, know that he was significant in some way, to many people that never even knew him. He is missed deeply.
The Lord bless you, and keep you,
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
- In the love of Jesus,
11-29-2007, 10:56 AM
I am stunned for a whole quarter of the hour reading and reading again the thread on the front page. This is not happening.... but it did.
I have visited OCR since 3 years ago and Reuben is one, if not the best, of the most inspiring artist I've came across. His works on OCR is quite limited, but ALL of them are god's gifts to game music lovers, including me.
Never had I felt such a lost of words in grief for someone I never met in real life of. I am sincerely saddened and sorry for this... my deepest condolescences to Kee's family.
11-29-2007, 01:17 PM
My condolences to Reuben's family in these hard times. I didn't know Reuben that well, but he was a truely talented piano player. Rest in peace Reuben.
11-29-2007, 04:04 PM
All my prayers goes to Reuben's family.
11-29-2007, 08:33 PM
For me, as somebody of the same age as Reuben, it felt strange (please excuse the choice of words) to learn that he has left. I admire him for what he has achieved. As most of us, I did not know him personally, but I deeply enjoyed his work. As an artist of his age, he has made considerable achievements. I - who haven't used my time as he has - regret that he will not be able to keep pursuing his goals and dreams. My condolences to anybody who appreciated him as a person, as I appreciated his work.
11-29-2007, 09:01 PM
You have my deepest condolences... I never got the chance to meet Reuben, but I love his music. My thoughts are with you. :-(
11-29-2007, 10:35 PM
his music was great when i first heard the song FF7 ascension i love that song and listen to it when i work. Its on my ipod i've played it 114 times. What he did was great and he will be miss for that
11-30-2007, 01:25 AM
I haven't posted on the ocremix boards in years, but I had to log in when I heard this.
I'm truly sorry to hear that he's gone. His music will be with me for a long time.
11-30-2007, 02:04 AM
Hi guys your tasks in this world has completed & A New Journet Begins.. So long & take care, you'll be miss by many
this songs are for you & your loved ones....
11-30-2007, 02:33 AM
I had never bothered to create a profile for OC, until when I read what happened - I had to make one. Reuben-san's music is some of the most impressive work I have ever heard; I've always held him among my favorite musical artists. Talent like his does not grow on trees. I am very sad that he will no longer be with us; his is a great loss to the music community, as well as to his family, I am sure. I will never forget the beauty he created, and I hope no one will.
I bow to you, Reuben Kee... Keep the memory alive, everyone.
11-30-2007, 03:15 AM
I too rarely logged in to OCRemix.
But after reading this, I felt terrible for not thanking Mr.Kee for the wonderful music he brought while he was still with us.
I really am shocked.
And it's such a shame such talent had to go.
My thoughts to his family.
11-30-2007, 08:46 AM
Whenever I go on OCR, I head straight for the non-remixes section to see what new music Reuben comes out with. It's one of the things I looked forward to the most around here.
Here's one for a talented son, friend, and musician. Your legacy lives on in your music and our memories.
Rest in peace. :-(
11-30-2007, 10:57 AM
Like many other Reuben touch our heart with music and it quite shocking that he's gone from this world to early.
Rest in Peace Mr Reuben.
Rest in peace. I do not know you and I never shall.
And it makes me very sad...
Rest in peace my friend...
11-30-2007, 02:59 PM
I don't normally post here, but I've been visiting the site for a long time, and Reuben's remix of cosmo canyon was the most beautiful piece of music I have ever heard; not just of the tracks on this site, but of anything. It is a truly sad loss to those who may have known him (I did not), and to music lovers everywhere.
11-30-2007, 03:09 PM
Somewhere/Beyond the rain and autumn plains, the snow/That litters the countryside/I find a piece of you
And somewhere/Beyond the frozen fields, I clearly see/The end of our misery/A part of the place we knew
And slowly down through the fire, burning/Into this darkness I fall/
Your presence right here beside me, yearning/Through it all
"The Place we Knew" is the first remix I've downloaded here on OCRemix, and it's my favourite. Now, I'll remember Reuben when I hear it. He made many of the greatest remixes I've got on OCRemix.
My condolences and rest in peace, Reuben Kee. We all will miss you.
DJ Magotrox Brazil
11-30-2007, 05:57 PM
Reuben Kee goes... but his art stay with us.
We'll see you in the other side.
All the peace in the world to his family.
11-30-2007, 07:32 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that Reuben Kee is no longer with us. I had always hoped on the off chance that I would bump into him some day just to have the opportunity to tell him personally how amazing his music is. I don't think there's another composer like him, not just on OCR but anywhere. I can only imagine what an amazing person he must have been, for those who knew him.
It's going to be hard to listen to Ascension to Cosmo Canyon dry-eyed after this. Wherever you may be ascending to, RK, know you will be missed.
11-30-2007, 10:06 PM
This is such a sad occasion, and I just want to wish all of Reuben Kee's family and friends my deepest condolences. Though I did not know him personally, I do know that his music was passionate and on such a grand scale that it inspired all of us here at Overclocked Remix, myself included. I will continue to pray for everyone during these hard times. Rest in peace Reuben, and know that we're all thinking about you and the awesome legacy you left behind.
12-01-2007, 04:19 AM
As with a lot of the others who have posted I did not know Reuben Kee personally. However his music has had a positive impact on my life for which I am thankful for.
It is quite clear that he has impacted many of our lives, or we would not all be posting to this forum thread. Often times in our life we don't get to see what kind of impact we have on those around us, and it is a tremendous shame that he can't see this himself. Though his death is a very sad occasion I take away from it that whether we know it or not, how we live our lives will effect the lives of others. I think it's wonderful that someone so young was able to effect so many.
Reuben's family: I offer you my prayers during your time of loss. As someone who only knew him threw his music on the internet I can not imagine the pain you must be feeling right now.
If you can, please be glad for the fact that he has impacted all of our lives and probably many others who knew him personally/cannot post to this forum.
12-01-2007, 03:15 PM
Rest in Peace Reuben. Your music touched many people and will continue to do so. I never met you, but I feel your art form managed to speak with truth to us, and we'll cherish that forever.
12-01-2007, 05:56 PM
I have never remixed a videogame song, but I have been listening to Reuben's wonderful arrangements and remixes for years. His music inspired me to push myself harder with my piano studies. I have never posted on the ocremix forum, but I felt compelled to after hearing about this devastating news. My condolences to his family and friends for their terrible loss; it is truly tragic that a man with such profound influence and talent was taken from this world. May he rest in peace.
My condolences. I was really sad to learn of Reuben's passing. May he rest in peace.
12-01-2007, 06:42 PM
I did not know Reuben. I only knew his music. It inspired and touched me enough to feel deeply saddened by his loss. I can't believe that even i am shedding tears over someone I really didnt know. His music meant alot to me, particularly "Ascension to Cosmo Canyon" which i feel is one of the best pieces of remixes I 've heard. It is vivid, passionate, and fills me with emotion when i hear it. He had a great talent and will be missed. My condolenses to the family and friends of Reuben. Know that he inspired and touched many lives with his music, including myself.
12-01-2007, 08:44 PM
My sincerest condolences.
12-01-2007, 10:56 PM
Good evening every one...
my deepest condolences. I listened some of his remixes, like "Ryu For Four Pianos" ( http://www.ocremix.org/remix/OCR01230/ ) . This was the one who made the Evil Ken and Evil Ryu chars for the Mugen Engine !
Sad think, I'm gonna try to fight the A.I. of these chars. They are the hardest fighters to beat.
He made some good remixes.
My condolences. Tragic.
12-02-2007, 12:02 AM
Rest peacefully, Reuben.
We never spoke but, for some reason, as I listen to your music just now, I feel as if I knew you.
12-02-2007, 12:12 PM
I wish Reuben Kee an afterlife of happiness.
12-02-2007, 04:32 PM
To the Family and Friends of Reuben:
I believe that one of the greatest accomplishments that any of us can make in this life is to do something that will be remembered fondly after we are gone. Reuben has done this by humbly sharing the gift of his creativity with the world. For that, although I had never met or spoken with him, I consider him a great person and someone whom I would have liked to have called a friend. Even though it is easy and understandable for grief to fill your hearts when remembering him, I hope that it is some consolation that the sadness that we all feel is in part a testament to the happiness that Reuben’s art has given to so many, and the smiles that it will continue to evoke for many years to come.
Sincerely and with Warmest Wishes,
12-02-2007, 08:55 PM
No matter how casual a follower of this site you are, when a new Reuben Kee song was posted you stood up and took notice. His music has entertained and touched thousands of people around the entire world. His talent and personality combined were an inspiration. Our little community will never be the same without him. Reuben will never be forgotten. My prayers are with you.
12-03-2007, 01:33 AM
My deepest condolences. I never knew Reuben personally, but I truly admire him and his music. I just wanted you to know that he touched people that he had never even met. May he rest in peace.
12-03-2007, 03:09 AM
Like most people on OCRemix, I had a small exposure to Reuben's music -- his Metal Gear Solid remixes.
When he first released his last masterpiece for the game ('Legend of the Snake 2: Snake versus Dragon') I was there, as he was given feedback from myself and others and strived to produce a perfect piece of music. The final result was beautiful and a testament to his musical expertise.
It seems very strange now, trying to summon a hazy memory of him responding to the feedback from myself and others. I remember him saying how he'd love to use a particular wonderful-sounding Indian instrument more often as it's underused in music, after briefly using it in this piece of music. Just one of many things he'll never get to contribute to the world of music.
I remember him justifying the way he used his percussion, which I thought was too bold but the end result proved his vision to be correct. I remember him proposing the idea of working a long piano introduction in, which he did -- an emotional piece that hits the heart.
It might all sound uninteresting, but it's remembering the everyday that makes a death the most hard hitting. Reuben was a hard-working musician and he seemed to live for his music, at least whenever I heard from him.
Indeed, the one thing that's almost as tragic as his early passing away is that he'll never get to share his gift with more of the world. Who knows what Reuben could have become? But I'd say it's a safe bet he would have touched many, many hearts with his music.
Rest in piece. I wish all Reuben's family the very best, and I hope you'll find the strength to carry on in the wake of tragedy. It's a great loss, but he touched more lives in the time he had than many people do in their entire lives. Be proud of that.
12-03-2007, 04:48 AM
My deepest condolences to Reuben's family. Your son touched the lives of many thousands of people across the world through his music, art, and life. He lives on every time we listen to that music and remember him. May he know the same joy and peace he has given us.
12-03-2007, 08:21 AM
My condolences to Rueben's family during this time when they're trying to cope with such a sad incident. So very tragic. He will be missed by many.
12-03-2007, 08:45 AM
i dont normally create forum accounts because i cant seem to keep up on them but i had to say something on here.. Reuben Kee was an AMAZING artist! i listened to his metal gear mixes almost religiously.. this is a horrible loss..i actually started crying when i heard this news.. Reuben's music left a giant impact on me and i feel like i lost a great friend though i never knew him..my sincere condolences go out to his family..
12-03-2007, 10:42 PM
As I'm writing I'm listening to Ascension to Cosmo Canyon. It's one of my favorite songs and the only way I know Reuben Kee.
I'd like to think that Reuben's journey now is like this song. It starts off slow and sad, but it slowly builds into something more. something epic.
Reuben will be remembered, His music was larger than life, and now, so is he.
12-04-2007, 05:19 AM
my respects and prayers go out to Reuben and his family...I always enjoyed the tunes he created, as he was one of my faves...rest in peace Reuben
12-04-2007, 11:22 AM
I haven’t posted here at OCR in years, but upon visiting the site, i saw the news of Reuben and wanted to extend my prayers for his family. I have just heard his arrangement titled "Beauty's Abomination", and was stunned with the quality of his work. It is truly terrible that he was taken away from you. Rest in peace Reuben Kee, may you live on through your music.
12-04-2007, 07:31 PM
Now, at this moment, I am listening to your music, Reuben. It's just great.
You will live through your music.
Rest in peace
12-04-2007, 07:47 PM
The name Reuben Kee rang a bell and sure enough I'd downloaded a couple of his songs, not only that but were on my playlist of favourite songs.
It's a damn shame, but at least I can say hand on heart I enjoyed his music.'Ryu for Four Pianos' is excellent and I'm giving it a play in your honour
Rest in peace mate
12-05-2007, 04:09 AM
It was kinda.. no a really big shock to see this on the front page after about a year later of coming back here. I always loved his work the most I think out of all the songs I listened to. I actually came back to revive myself to more music.
Then this showed up and I don't know why but I still don't believe it. He was so inspirational because I have such a love for piano music and the feeling he got out of his pieces really moved me. He was up there with Noriyuki Iwadare from Grandia games and the like... I don't know what to say but if I could just thanks him for what he has given me I would feel more able to cope with this shock. Thanks you so much Reuben for all you have done.
To family: I wish you the best but don't be too sad because Kee really has made a difference in this world. I and the OCR community are more than glad to have met him and the inspiration he left behind will not go without notice.
The Insane Rocker
12-05-2007, 04:16 AM
When I read the news, I felt like something inside me was yanked out and stomped on mercilessly. I didn't know Reuben, but I knew his music, and The Place We Knew will always have a very special place in my heart. If someone can explain to me why I cried (and in fact am still crying as I type this up) I would be eternally grateful, but if someone who never had any contact with Reuben outside of his music is so moved by his passing, I can't even think about what his family and friends are going through right now.
My thoughts and prayers are extended to all of you who lost more than I with his passing. I hope you can find solace in knowing that his presence will live on forever in his music, but there is only so much that scales and notes can do to fill the void he left behind.
And to Reuben, who I'm certain is reading all of this, I would like to say thank you. Rest in peace, my friend, and may your music be eternal.
12-05-2007, 06:53 PM
I havent really heard much of his music, but I'm sad to see this news. My deepest respects to his family and friends.
12-05-2007, 07:09 PM
Obviously, I mostly knew Reu through his music, not just here but on Reu's website, Pathos. I'm saddened the most by the fact that his gifts on that level won't be able to create the wonderful future works most of us knew he was capable of. In a community where too many talented people don't receive the opportunities their talents deserve, Reu was someone who, at a young age, was already slowly but surely making a name for himself as a composer as his professional works increased.
Being aware of Reu's martial arts and athletic background, even being Singapore's "Most Eligible Bachelor" for 2007 as well, it's been decidedly more difficult reconciling Reu's loss while honestly feeling that he was in his prime and only getting better.
My thoughts are with the Kee family, as they seek to find closure with the events that resulted in the tragic loss of whom most of us considered a shining star.
12-05-2007, 08:29 PM
UPDATE: I've contacted Reuben's father with printouts of this thread as well as a link. If you haven't commented yet, please still feel free, as we will leave this thread up as an announcement indefinitely, for all to see.
12-06-2007, 01:24 AM
Your music helped me cope in some of the worst places on Earth, it helped keep me sane and sound and it brought me home safely. It was inspirational. ...I don't know what to say. I'm happy to have been your friend in the brief time we were able to chat with one another. Thank you so very much for Beauty's Abomination. I can't listen to it without my eyes watering.
I'm crying now. Can you believe it? Our letters were brief, friendly, but you still touched me, man. Beauty's Abomination was amazing. No one ever did something like that for me before. I'm sorry I couldn't ever really repay you. Now that it's too late it would have been nice to get to know you a little better. I guess... life is kinda like that, isn't it?
You put more heart and soul in to what you did than almost anyone I know. And it shows. You gave a lot, even to complete strangers on the other side of the world. You left behind a wonderful legacy... Such wonderful music. You're in my thoughts and in my prayers Reuben. Thank you...
Thank you for everything beautiful you gave to the world.
12-06-2007, 05:17 PM
He was the best in his type of work. Finding out that he passed away kinda put my day down. He was super talented and awesome. He probably was a cool guy too. I've never met him before but I'm gunna' miss him.
12-06-2007, 06:09 PM
I heard yesterday in the news that someone who hasn't been seen since a Canoing Accident 5 years ago showed up in a picture taken last year. This isn't Reuben, but what I'm saying is, there's always hope :)
Arek the Absolute
12-06-2007, 06:21 PM
UPDATE: I've contacted Reuben's father with printouts of this thread as well as a link. If you haven't commented yet, please still feel free, as we will leave this thread up as an announcement indefinitely, for all to see.
That is really great to hear. I am happy that they will be able to feel at least a little bit of happiness knowing that his son spread so much joy to the world.
It is still so hard to think of something to say in this thread. I want to think of the right words, but when I do, I freeze....
It is just so odd to think that he is gone.
I swear that I will write something though...soon.
12-06-2007, 06:28 PM
I briefly exchanged e-mails with Reuben a few years back. Complimenting his astonishing work and the mood it put me in. Always looking forward to the next original or remixed track he came up with. My prayers go out to you and your family Mr. Kee. :( And right now...my eyes can't stop watering. Love and peace be with him. Always.
I didn't actually know Reuben himself, but my God.. his music is simply amazing, and I'm sure he was such an amazing person. I really don't know what to say, I just want to wish the best to his family and those who knew him. I'm for sure going to download every single one of his songs, simply because there is nothing else I can do to help. I really am so sorry for all this to happen, no one like him deserves such a tragedy. May you have a lovely time in a better world. Rest In Peace, Reuben Kee.
01-31-2008, 05:58 PM
Whaa??! Reuben Kee passed away? That is absolutely terrible. His music was terrific, a talented guy for sure. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
02-04-2008, 01:36 AM
It broke my heart to read of such a great loss. It was more than two years ago, while looking for Street Fighter remixes, that I first stumbled upon OCRemix and in particular Reubens 'Ryu for Four Pianos'. It was such an amazing interpretation of an iconic piece. I downloaded it immediately. It was that which helped kick start my own foray into remixing.
He will be missed by so many. To his family he was a loving son and brother. To me and many others who knew him only through his music, he was an exceptionally gifted musician whose music could make your hair stand on end and send shivers down your spine.
The music may have stopped, but it hasn't died. Reubens memory and his music will be kept alive by those who remember him.
Farewell Reuben. You and your music have been inspirational.
12-17-2008, 03:31 AM
All of our thoughts and prayers are with you. My condolences.
12-19-2008, 04:11 AM
I'll hear what Reuben left for us. Man, that's sad. I never knew him, but God bless the family.
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