Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, Dies at 55

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The games have sadly come to an end for Satoru Iwata.

The President and CEO of Nintendo, who helped millions of people around the world enjoy their youth just a little more, passed away from bile duct growth, according to multiple reports.

He was 55 years old.

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In a simple statement announcing the news, Nintendo wrote last night:

“Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth."

Iwata took some time off in 2014 health reasons and had surgery to remove a tumor, returning later in the year.

Iwata took charge at Nintendo in 2002, becoming just the company’s fourth president since its founding in 1889.

He was the rare corporate presence who got his start as a game programmer, joining HAL Laboratory right out of college and working on such classics as Balloon Fight.

Under Iwata’s watch, the company launched Nintendo DS and Wii. He also became a popular figure due to appearances in the company's Nintendo Direct broadcasts and his "Iwata Asks" series of interviews with developers.

Nintendo is yet to name a successor.

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