Some seriously sad news to report today. Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, has died at the age of 55. Nintendo announced the news via a short press release. It stated:
Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct
Iwata had surgery shortly after E3 2014 to remove the bile duct growth after being too ill to attend the event.
Iwata was appointed Director of the company in 2000 and became President of the company in 2002. In June 2013, Iwata was appointed as CEO of Nintendo of America, Inc.
Such sad, sad news. Another reminder that life is precious and can change in an instant. I was never in such a position that I met the man, but he always (like Nintendo) seemed to be about having fun. He will be missed.