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Sun Jul 12, 2015, 07:43 PM Jul 2015

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Dies At 55

Source: Kotaku

Nintendo has just issued a short statement announcing that president Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55.

The statement reads:

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.
Iwata was forced to skip last year’s E3 due to his poor health, and shortly afterwards underwent surgery to remove the bile duct growth. A few months later, in the wake of concerns over his health, he said via Twitter “I’m progressing well”.

Iwata first joined Nintendo’s HAL Laboratory in the 1980s, where he worked on games like Balloon Fight and EarthBound. He became a Director of the company in 2000, and in 2002 was appointed as only the fourth President of Nintendo when he succeeded Hiroshi Yamauchi.

In his time as President, Iwata oversaw some of the strongest (Wii, DS) and weakest (GameCube, Wii U) periods in Nintendo’s history as a video game company. In recent times, he developed almost cult status as the host of the Nintendo Direct programs.

Read more: http://kotaku.com/nintendos-president-has-passed-away-1717386412?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Facebook&utm_source=Kotaku_Facebook&utm_medium=Socialflow

Nintendo Presidents last until they either die or are very old and retire. He was only their 4th president, for 13 years (last one lasted 53 years). Very sad news. RIP.
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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Dies At 55 (Original Post) Reter Jul 2015 OP
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A "tumor." Octafish Jul 2015 #2


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2. A "tumor."
Mon Jul 13, 2015, 06:34 AM
Jul 2015

My condolences to Mr. Iwata's family and friends. Each human life is irreplaceable.

Radiation can cause tumors. Any reports of a connection to Fukushima? Has there been an increase in cancer in Japan since 2011?

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