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Co-Writer of “Pac-Man Fever” Passes At 63

We say goodbye to Gary Garcia, half of the songwriting duo Buckner & Garcia.

Gary Garcia passed yesterday in his home in Florida. He was 63 years old. Garcia, along with his songwriting partner and lifelong friend Jerry Buckner, struck an ephemeral bit of pop-culture gold almost exactly 30 years ago with the novelty radio hit “Pac-Man Fever”, a catchy, fleeting little ditty cashing in on what was, at the time, the passing trend of video games. Oh, little did they know!

Those of you that follow Giant Bomb closely may remember when we spoke with Buckner & Garcia earlier this year about “Pac-Man Fever” during the Pac-Man Scrub League, an encounter that resulted in the duo penning and recording a similarly specific tribute to our silly-ass website called “Found Me the Bomb.” I’ll admit that my appreciation of Buckner & Garcia’s “Pac-Man Fever” always came cloaked in an ironic veil, but in the brief occasions that I happened to speak with Gary Garcia over the past year, I got the sense that he didn’t mind, particularly. Both he and Jerry Buckner seemed extremely comfortable and at-ease with the relative frivolity of their claim to fame, and the fact that their response to the weird affection for “Pac-Man Fever” shared by myself and Jeff Gerstmann was to write us a song speaks to that.

I’ve never written a proper obituary before, and not having really known Gary Garcia, it seems shallow and hollow to speak strictly within the confines of this sliver of his existence. If you’re looking for something of a little more substance, I recommend reading what Jerry Buckner had to say about his close friend.

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Posted by Ryan

Gary Garcia passed yesterday in his home in Florida. He was 63 years old. Garcia, along with his songwriting partner and lifelong friend Jerry Buckner, struck an ephemeral bit of pop-culture gold almost exactly 30 years ago with the novelty radio hit “Pac-Man Fever”, a catchy, fleeting little ditty cashing in on what was, at the time, the passing trend of video games. Oh, little did they know!

Those of you that follow Giant Bomb closely may remember when we spoke with Buckner & Garcia earlier this year about “Pac-Man Fever” during the Pac-Man Scrub League, an encounter that resulted in the duo penning and recording a similarly specific tribute to our silly-ass website called “Found Me the Bomb.” I’ll admit that my appreciation of Buckner & Garcia’s “Pac-Man Fever” always came cloaked in an ironic veil, but in the brief occasions that I happened to speak with Gary Garcia over the past year, I got the sense that he didn’t mind, particularly. Both he and Jerry Buckner seemed extremely comfortable and at-ease with the relative frivolity of their claim to fame, and the fact that their response to the weird affection for “Pac-Man Fever” shared by myself and Jeff Gerstmann was to write us a song speaks to that.

I’ve never written a proper obituary before, and not having really known Gary Garcia, it seems shallow and hollow to speak strictly within the confines of this sliver of his existence. If you’re looking for something of a little more substance, I recommend reading what Jerry Buckner had to say about his close friend.

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Posted by Random88

R.I.P Gary Garcia

Posted by Daveyo520

:(

Posted by RiccochetJ

R.I.P. :(

Posted by Daniel_Newton

R.I.P duder.

Posted by louiedog

Sad news. The man left a legacy.

Posted by ignignort

really sad, rip

Posted by theredcoat24

Pooring one out for lost one.. R.I.P

Posted by victorferreira128

Aw, man.

Posted by Llama

Q_Q

Posted by PacManFevaa

RIP

Posted by Dalai

So... which ghost killed him?

Posted by iAmJohn

Heard about it last night from inside sources. Really sad. RIP.

Posted by Heti

yeah, rip

Posted by damswedon

Well, now I'm bummed out.

Posted by PKHilson

:(

Posted by Mijati

Really sad to hear this this morning. RIP.

Posted by Chippy180

I can honestly say that the end of Jerry's post choked me up a bit, and I'm not much of an emotional type. Rest in Peace duder.

Posted by fisk0

Really sad, especially considering it sounded like they were trying to make a come-back.

Posted by Milkman

Nicely said, Ryan. Is there any speculation on the cause? 63 is still relatively young.

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Posted by TurboMan

They seemed like awesome dudes that never lost their youthfulness (there was an Angry Birds song made recently to prove that.) which is something that I hope to achieve in my lifetime.

RIP

Posted by zameer

Bummer, man. I hope that game they were working on still gets released..

Posted by FengShuiGod

Damn you blue ghost, DAMN YOU.

Seriously though, Gary Garcia seemed like a true duder. RIP

Posted by Tamaster92

Co creator of danger mouse died today as well :( a sad day

Posted by m2cks

I won't say that I was really that familiar with their work (since It was before my time), but still it's always sad when someone close passes away. My condolences to his friends and family.

Posted by Vetterli

Aw shit. RIP.

Posted by ffdthree

Awwww, duder it's over :(

Posted by RampageAssassin

Oh no. RIP Garcia !

Posted by nintendoeats

This event led to me discovering the GB song, which had me laughing to the point of tears in a library. RIP.

Posted by DavoTron

Oh man. I can see that was tough to write.

Posted by SharpShotApollo

I'm was so sad when I found out last night. RIP Gary.

Posted by RetroVirus

RIP Gary. Thanks for everything.

Posted by AwesomeAquaman

RIP

Posted by ApolloBob

Forever a part of the videogame culture - bless you Gary Garcia.

Posted by Irvandus

R.I.P I'm genuinely really upset about this.

Posted by DeanoXD

well that just sucks, R.I.P Duder

Posted by DG991

RIP, I was hoping for a comeback. I am shocked and saddened.

Posted by DeF

Man this is so sad, I have never experienced so many 'famous' people dying as in the last few years ...

RIP ... :/

Posted by Undeadpool

This comes out of a clear, blue sky! Guess that sky had a single cloud in it.

RIP

Posted by Tan

Wow, ... man. I'm really bummed out now. :(

RIP

Posted by Nentisys

rip :(

Posted by dungbootle

R.I.P.

Posted by Chadster

So very sad. :(

Rest in peace, Gary.

Posted by kerse

:(

Posted by Civraz

So sad.... RIP.

Posted by UnrealDP

Damn, now that's a downer. I really hope Buckner's doing okay.

Posted by TheHT

RIP

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Posted by Deusoma

Rest in peace, friend Gary. You've earned it.

Posted by m2cks

@Dalai said:

So... which ghost killed him?

That was in really bad taste, duder.

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