Former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi died this morning, aged 85. Yamauchi was Nintendo's third President and ran the company for an incredible 53 years before his retirement in 2002, whereupon he was succeeded by current Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.
Hiroshi Yamauchi is rightly credited for transforming the company from a small trading card company into a household name and giant of the video game industry.
Yamauchi died of pneumonia in hospital in central Japan, the funeral will take place on Sunday.
Source: [BBC News]