Nintendo has issued a statement announcing that legendary video game icon Satoru Iwata has passed away at 55 years young.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.

Iwata joined Nintendo in the 1980’s where he worked on games such as Earthbound and Kirby. In 2000 he was appointed director of the company and just two short years later he was named President.

A quick scroll through the Iwata tag on Tumblr shows how much Iwata was loved by fans and respected by members of the video game industry.

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Our hearts and thoughts are with Mr. Iwata’s family and friends. Rest in peace, Iwata-san. You were one of the greats.

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