Nintendo released a brief statement today announcing the death of their president, the legendary Satoru Iwata. He was 55 years of age. The full statement can be found here and is copied below.

I speak for all Random Nerds when I say Satoru Iwata will be missed, and we are all grateful for the tremendous effort he put forth to make the world of gaming what it is today. Thank you, Iwata-sama…


July 13, 2015

Name of listed company:
Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Genyo Takeda, Representative Director
Senior Managing Director
(TSE First Section Stock Code: 7974)

Contact person:
Takuya Yoshimura, General Manager,
General Affairs Department
(Tel: 075-662-9600)

Notification of Death and Personnel Change of a Representative Director (President)

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

1. Name
Satoru Iwata

2. Date of Birth
December 6, 1959

3. Career Record
June 2000 Appointed as Director
May 2002 Appointed as President, Appointed as Representative Director
June 2013 Appointed as CEO of Nintendo of America Inc.

4. Other Information
As a result, the following two Representative Directors remain at the company.
Genyo Takeda (Representative Director; Senior Managing Director)
Shigeru Miyamoto (Representative Director; Senior Managing Director)