Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata has passed away at 55

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Iwata in a promotional video for the Wii U in 2014.
Iwata in a promotional video for the Wii U in 2014.
Satoru Iwata, president and CEO of Nintendo, passed away on Saturday according to a press release from the gaming company. The 55-year-old’s death was attributed to a reported growth in his bile duct.

Satoru Iwata had a long career at Nintendo, being appointed as a director in 2000 and gaining the title of company president in June 2013. Iwata was well known among gamers and industry members alike, as he was often featured in funny videos announcing Nintendo games and software.

Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda remain as two representative directors to serve at Nintendo in light of Iwata’s passing.

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Christen Bejar is a freelance gaming writer who started the local blog The Pause Button while studying at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. For Nerdvana, Bejar reviews video games and also previews, recaps and photographs many local events from a gamer's perspective.