Some tragic news over the past weekend, Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo, passed away. He was only 55. The news came directly from a brief statement from Nintendo on Sunday. The statement reads:
Nintendo Co., Ltd., deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.
Born in 1959, Iwata was the fourth president of Nintendo, taking over after Hiroshi Yamauchi. He led the company to its modern identity. He had been a programmer for HAL Laboratory, which is known for today for the Kirky and Super Smash Bros franchise before he was appointed as Director Nintendo in 2000. In May of 2002, Iwata became President and in 2013 he was appointed as CEO of Nintendo of America.
In 2014, Iwata had taken some time off for health reasons. He even skipped the E3 in Los Angeles this year on the advice of his doctor. Later that year, he returned to his duties at Nintendo.
He has been a high profile figure at the company with his countless appearances in Nintendo Direct Broadcasts and his “Iwata Asks” series of interviews with developers. Nintendo has been going through a troubled time with the launch of the Wii U and sluggish sales.
We will update this story as news become available.