Satoru Iwata, fourth President and CEO of Nintendo died today due to bile duct cancer. Iwata has been battling the disease for a while now, having undergone surgery in the recent past, eventually succumbing to it today. Iwata was 55 when he passed away.
Iwata was one of the most well-known personalities in the gaming industry and a huge part of Nintendo. He worked as a programmer at HAL Laboratory before joining Nintendo in June 2000 as Director and eventually becoming the President in May 2002 and the CEO in June 2013. Other than his work as CEO, Iwata was also known for his often amusing appearances in the company's Nintendo Direct presentations.
Our condolences to his family and those mourning his passing.