Satoru Iwata, the President of Nintendo, has passed away at age 55. Nintendo confirmed Iwata’s passing with this message: “Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.”

The bile duct growth that the message refers to kept Iwata from attending last year’s E3. Around the same time he underwent surgery to remove the growth and since his health has been speculated on across the web. In November he tweeted that he was progressing well.

Satoru oversaw both the line of Nintendo DS handhelds and the Nintendo Wii, two of the biggest successes in the history of the company. He also oversaw some of the less successful offerings, such as the Gamecube and the Wii U, but his legacy will be a strong and cherished one. Iwata was beloved by videogame fans the world over and will be sorely missed.

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