Sad news for the world of video gaming today as Nintendo officially released a statement earlier today that company president, Satoru Iwata, has passed away due to complications from a growth on his bile duct.
Iwata was forced to miss last year’s E3 festivities due to health concerns over said issue, and showed up to an investor’s meeting in November looking alarmingly thin, sparking concern from those in and outside of the company.
Originally joining Nintendo as a programmer for HAL Laboratories in the 1980s, Iwata worked his way up from being one of the contributors to the games Balloon Fight and Earthbound, to taking the reigns as president from 2002 onward.
During Iwata’s tenure, Nintendo saw the release of the Gamecube, Nintendo DS, Wii, 3DS, and Wii U, each to varying degrees of success spanning the gap from disappointingly unsuccessful to cultural phenomenon.
Iwata was 55 years old.