Nintendo President Saturo Iwata, and CEO has died of cancer, at age 55 last Saturday, Nintendo said on a statement dated July 13.
The president had a surgery last year to remove a tumor in his bile duct. He wrote a letter to the shareholders that the surgery went well but still he cannot attend the annual shareholders meeting.
“I have already resumed my business by email and by other means, but it is anticipated that a little more time is needed for me to return to my regular work schedule.”, Iwata said.
Iwata’s career started at HAL laboratory, an affiliate company of Nintendo. He became the company’s coordinator of software production and eventually became it’s president in 1993 and helped create the games; Balloon Fight, EarthBound, and the Kirby games.
Nintendo President Iwata joined Nintendo in 2002 and succeeded Hiroshi Yamauchi as Nintendo’s fourth president. He helped developed the GameCube, the Wii, the DS and the Wii U.
Nintendo has not yet announced a successor.