In a statement released on July 13, video game company Nintendo has announced that its president Satoru Iwata died at the age of 55.
According to the statement, Iwata passed away due bile duct growth.
It has been previously reported that Iwata had to skip last year’s E3 because of poor health. Afterwards, he underwent a surgery to eliminate the growth of his bile duct.
According to a letter, he wrote, “I understand that I have to prioritize my medical treatment and to recover as soon as possible so that I will again be able to do my best to help the company to grow. I hope that you understand.”
Born on Dec 6, 1959, Iwata joined the company in the 1980’s as a member of its HAL laborotary. He worked on games such as the critically acclaimed “Earthbound.” He was then appointed as Director on June 2000 before being bestowed the position of President in May 2002. On June 2013, he was made CEO of Nintendo of America Inc.
After Mr. Iwata’s death, two Representative Directors remain at Nintendo: Genyo Takeda and Shigeru Miyamoto.