News of his passing came via Nintendo through a .PDF press release.....which only contained one sentence (Press Release can be read here)
Iwata has held many positions within Nintendo but his earlier days within the company started with him as a programmer for Hal Laboritories where he worked on games such as Balloon Fight, Pokemon Gold & Silver, and even reworked on coding Earthbound (Mother 2) all by himself. It wasn't until 2000 where he was assigned as a director but then being appointed as president in 2002. At one point of time, Iwata was also appointed as CEO of Nintendo of America up to 2013.
Iwata skipped E3 and Nintendo's annual meeting for shareholders last year due to health reason and underwent surgery to remove the bile duct growth.
There isn't much else left to say about him. Iwata was a man who has brought us years of fun through many generations of Nintendo products and games....some good and some bad but overall fun. Being a prominent figure of Nintendo Direct, it makes one wonder how it will go on without him as he was mostly the figure head of the broadcasts. He loved his work and even the people he worked with as it was proven that to prevent layoffs within Nintendo, Iwata volunteered to cut back on his pay when he did not meet Nintendo's 2013 projections. We will miss all of his funny catch phrases and even his apologies which have since became the sources of some awesome memes. The last of his legacy that he has left us is "Mario Maker", a game which allows you to create any idea for a Mario (2D versions) into a reality.
The gaming world mourns over the loss of such a great man. Nintendo flies their flags at half mass in honor of this man. Mr.Iwata....please know...."We Understand".
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Sources: Nintendo, Siliconera, GoBoiano