Alec Holowka, designer, programmer and composer who worked on titles like Night in the Woods, passed away yesterday (Saturday). This news was reported on Twitter by his sister, Eileen Mary Holowka.
Alec Holowka, my brother and best friend, passed away this morning. pic.twitter.com/NONUNSZ08q
She then went onto state
Alec Holowka, my brother and best friend, passed away this morning.
Those who know me will know that I believe survivors and I have always done everything I can to support survivors, those suffering from mental illnesses, and those with chronic illnesses. Alec was a victim of abuse and he also spent a lifetime battling mood and personality disorders. I will not pretend that he was not also responsible for causing harm, but deep down he was a person who wanted only to offer people care and kindness. It took him a while to figure out how.
Over the last few years, with therapy and medication, Alec became a new person – the same person he had always been but without any of the darkness. He was calm and happy, positive and loving. Obviously, change is a slow process and it wasn’t perfect but he was working towards rehabilitation and a better life.
In the last few days, he was supported by many Manitoba crisis services, and I want to thank everyone there for their support. I want to thank Adam Saltsman for staying up late talking with us and reminding Alec that there was a future.
My family has and always will be the most important thing to me. Please give us time to heal. We tried our best to support Alec, but in the end he had felt he had lost too much.
In a follow-up tweet, Eileen also stated something that should already be clear: This should not be used to attack or harass anybody, it should be a way for people to learn and look out for others.
And in case it’s not already f****** obvious, Alec *specifically said* he wished the best for Zoe and everyone else, so don’t use our grief as an excuse to harass people. Go outside, take care of someone, and work towards preventing these kinds of things in the first place
Alec Holowka was accused of sexual assault at the beginning of this week, though I will not get into those details as they can be found on the site. Following the accusations, Night in the Woods developers Infinite Fall cut ties with Alec, delay the physical release of Night in the Woods and also cancel an upcoming project.
This week, allegations of past abuse have come to light regarding Alec Holowka, who was coder, composer, and co-designer on Night In The Woods. We take such allegations seriously as a team. As a result and after some agonizing consideration, we are cutting ties with Alec.
— Night In The Woods (@NightInTheWoods) August 28, 2019
Due to the nature of the incident, It wouldn't be right to reach out to Eileen or any of Alec Holowka's family in this horrible time. Eileen's statements are clear and she also stated that she intends to stay away from the internet for the immediate future.
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