It’s a very sad morning to wake up to and hear that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55. Nintendo have released a short statement which is below:
Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.
Many people will be familiar with Satoru through his Nintendo Direct presentations and his Iwata Asks sessions. Iawata joined Nintendo in 2000 and became the 4th President in 2002. He was also the first President to succeed the company who wasn’t related to the original founding family, the Yamauchi’s. Through his time in the top job, he saw many strengths such as the Wii and the DS and a few not so commercially strong, the Wii U and the Gamecube.
Rest In Peace, Satoru Iwata.