Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away at 55

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away at 55

Global Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passed away yesterday at the age of 55 years old due to a bile duct growth, Nintendo has announced.

It is with deep regret that we deliver the news of Mr. Satoru Iwata’s death today. Satoru Iwata was born on December 6, 1959. He died on July 11 in Japan.

On June 5, 2014, Iwata was instructed by his physician to not travel overseas due to health concerns. As a result, he missed out on E3 2014, but maintained his responsibilities and duties in Japan.

In late June 2014, Iwata underwent surgery to have a growth on his bile duct removed. In October 2014, Iwata made a full recovery from his surgery, announcing he has resumed all of his full-time duties as Nintendo president and CEO.

Despite a full recovery, Iwata, again, was not present at E3 2015. On June 13, he personally took to Twitter to share a newly designed Mii of himself; he redesigned it to a more slim and healthier looking representation of himself.

What Are Bile Ducts?

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away at 55

Bile (also called gall) ducts are long tube­-like structures that carry bile — dark green or yellow-colored fluid — through the body’s digestive system. Its purpose is to aid in the food digestion process. The liver is responsible for the continuous production of bile, and the gallbladder is where the bile is stored and concentrated.

Satoru Iwata’s Career Record With Nintendo

  • June 2000 – Appointed as Director
  • May 2002 – Appointed as President, Representative Director
  • June 2013 – Appointed as CEO of Nintendo of America Inc.

As a result of Mr. Iwata’s death, the following two Representative Directors remain at the company:

  • Genyo Takeda (Representative Director; Senior Managing Director)
  • Shigeru Miyamoto (Representative Director; Senior Managing Director)

If any new details surface, we will be sure to update this story.

You will be missed, Mr. Iwata.


  1. We love Mr. Iwata so much, but Nintendo and Iwata did a great job. We’ll miss you Mr. President we love you and we’re proud of you.

  2. I did not know him personally, as is the case for many of us, but I think it’s safe to say countless millions of us all around the world lost a great friend. Growing up with him expanding our mind’s, imagination, and creativity.

    R.I.P. Mr.Iwata
    Thank you for an amazing legacy.

  3. All the childhoods shaped, dreams set, ambitions born…

    The tears and screams flood, but only four words can be used to express the agony:



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