Death of an Alumnus: Christopher James Taylor

Posted on Wednesday 22nd June 2016

It is with the greatest sadness that we must report the sudden death of Games graduate, Christopher James Taylor.

Chris, who graduated from Games Design in 2015, was 24 years old when he died in his sleep on Sunday 5 June. Cause of death is unknown. Chris' funeral will take place at Charnock Richard Crematorium. Preston Road, Chorley PR7 5JP on Monday 4 July 2016 at 2pm. Everyone wishing to attend will be very welcome.

The University would like to offer its condolences to his family, friends and the colleagues here in Bolton who knew him well as a bright, talented young man with a promising career ahead. Chris achieved the highest average grade in his year before securing his dream job at Travellers’ Tales Games, working on the Lego games. He graduated with First class honours.

School of Creative Technologies colleagues who knew him well would like to pay tribute to Chris.

Lecturer in Games Art, Beverley Bright said: ‘Chris seized life with both hands. He did everything with complete commitment and always with a smile.  I can’t believe that enormous energy has gone from the world.  He was one of the loveliest students I taught.’

Senior Lecturer in Games Design/Games Art, Chris Bateman said: ‘Chris was every inch the model game design student - committed to his studies, an excellent team player but equally capable of working alone, and producing outstanding work in every conceivable area of study throughout his time at the University of Bolton. After graduation, he was soon snapped up by TT Games, who recognised his talents and gave him a chance to fulfil his dream of working for the games industry. His tragic passing has been a great shock to those of us who taught him on the Games course, and we offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. We will never forget this rising star who has sadly been taken from us too soon.’

Senior Lecturer in the School of Creative Technologies Judah Smith, said: ‘Watching Chris grow and improve was always very compelling, and it was so good to see him and his close group of friends get everything that they worked so hard for. It makes it all the greater loss that he got to enjoy his triumphs for too short a time. I’ll always miss Chris and remember him fondly.’

Programme Leader in BA Games Art, Tim Ash said: ‘I had the privilege of teaching Chris at University, he was such a talented and lovely person, and he will be missed by all of us.’

Chris has a Facebook Tribute Page where you can share your thoughts and stories about Chris and read other people’s memories. You’ll find it at

Chris’ family has also set up a GoFundMe for anyone who wishes to make a donation in his memory