Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, has passed away at the age of 55.
Nintendo released a statement on the morning of July 13, reading:
"Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth."
Iwata has had an incredible career in the video game industry. He worked as a programmer for HAL Laboratory before becoming president in 1993. In 2000, Iwata joined Nintendo and became its fourth president after Hiroshi Yamauchi.
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In 2013, Iwata was appointed CEO of Nintendo of America where he decided Nintendo would no longer hold press conferences at E3. Due to health problems, Iwata missed E3 in 2014 and underwent surgery to remove a tumor.
From his position, Iwata was responsible for overseeing Nintendo through its growth through the Nintendo DS and Wii U. He is credited for his efforts on an extensive list of titles, including Splatoon, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Super Mario Galaxy.