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Sad news has arrived today for anyone even remotely into video games. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passed away yesterday at the age of 55. His death was caused by a complication due to a bile duct growth.

Iwata had been Nintendo’s CEO since early 2002. Though even earlier than that, he had worked with Nintendo for his entire career, working on classic games and franchises at HAL Laboratory. He took over after the retirement of Hiroshi Yamauchi as Nintendo’s fourth ever president.

Nintendo now has two more representative directors left, Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda. Iwata had been taking time away from the public eye due to his health issues, and surgery was attempted to help him with his bile duct growth. Unfortunately, he passed away due to his ailment.

He was arguably not the best president that Nintendo could have had, but no one can argue that he was a great visionary who brought fun and joy to people all around the world. He seemed like a nice man, and I hope the best for those who actually knew him- including his family. He will be missed. Rest in piece, Mr. Iwata.

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