Today Kotaku reported the news that Nintendo of Japan’s CEO has passed away. While many were reluctant to believe the news , thinking it was some sort of click bait link when posted in social networks the news is indeed true. The death was “due to a bile duct growth.” He was forced to skip E3 2014 due to this and underwent surgery shortly afterwards. Iwata became CEO of Nintendo in June 2013, he was approved by Hiroshi Yamauchi for the position of director in June 2000 and was in charged of the company for most of the GameCube era, all of the Wii era and up to the Wii U. He also helped create Earthbound and the Smash Brothers games.
He was quite a unique individual and will be missed. Rest in peace, Mr. Iwata.