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Brigitte Burdine, a casting director with credits spanning World of Warcraft, Killzone 2 and Mortal Kombat, was killed early this morning in a hit-and-run accident as she was walking home from a late-night date with her boyfriend. She was 48.
Well known and admired for her work in an industry dominated by male co-workers and consumers, Burdine’s games development work spanned more than a decade. Her IMDB profile lists the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot as her most current project. She had worked on PS3 exclusives such as ModNation Racers, Infamous, Killzone 2 and the SOCOM series before that.
Police said Burdine was struck at the corner of Culver Boulevard and Pershing Drive at 1:45 a.m. as she was walking home from the Shack, a hamburger stand in Marina Del Ray. Police assume she’d been out on a date. The suspect vehicle is said to be a dark sedan, and should have front-end damage from the impact. Burdine was taken to a hospital but soon pronounced dead from her injuries.
Los Angeles police have appealed to the public for anyone who saw the accident, or has knowledge of it, to contact investigators.
Brigitte Burdine, Top Video Game Director, Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver In Marina Del Rey [LA Weekly, thank you Hugo C. Image from Facebook via L.A. Weekly.]