Nintendo has confirmed, in a brief but to-the-point statement, that company president Satoru Iwata has died of bile duct growth at only 55. As of right now, very little else is know about the circumstances, but it goes without saying that our hearts go out to Iwata’s family.
Iwata was a director within the company since 2000. He will be remembered fondly.
It has been announced on his blog that on June 22, influential anime director Toshifumi Takizawa died at 61 of esophageal cancer.
Takizawa’s career seems unreal. He established himself in the 1980’s working on several Sunrise titles such as Votoms and Zeta Gundam and eventually left an unforgettable mark as the director of the majority of the cult classic Dirty Pair series. After going freelance, he continued to stay relevant, going on to eventually direct Samurai 7, a steam-punk remake of the classic Akira Kurosawa film Seven Samurai.
Takizawa’s loss is tragic and the cause only makes it worse. Lung and esophageal cancer is a very common cause of death for people who started working in the anime industry in the 70s and 80s.
Our sincerest condolences to Takizawa’s family. He will be fondly remembered, as will his work.
Via: Anime News Network