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video game news nintendo president iwata passes away
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Nintendo's President, Saturo Iwata, has passed away according to a statement from Nintendo. The cause of death was a bile duct tumor. Iwata had been battling the disease since 2014, when he missed a shareholder meeting to undergo surgery.  Fans and colleagues alike have taken to Twitter to mourn the loss of this lifelong gamer, developer, and businessman:


Nintendo's flag at half mast






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Stuart Freeborn, creator of Yoda and legendary make-up artist, has passed away at the age of 98. In the words of the great green Jedi, "death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force."

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You've probably seen his name in the credits of the Simpsons, though he was only with the show for its first four seasons.  After making millions creating the Simpsons with Matt Groenig and James L Brooks, Simon all but retired in his thirties and spent his time fighting for animal rights and rescuing and training dogs.  

Simon passed away today after a long battle with colon cancer.  His fortune will be donated to animals in need, and his legacy will live on in our laughter.  Join us in remembering his work on the Simpsons.

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Gene Wilder, well known for starring in movies such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryBlazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein has officially passed away at 83-years-old. Story still developing. Rest in peace Willy Wonka, you will be missed!

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About a week ago, Meszaros was found unresponsive in his apartment in Los Angeles. Meszaros stood at a famously (dubbed 'smallest man in the world') petite 2 feet 9 inches tall, and he was discovered performing in a traveling circus before making his debut on television as Alf the alien in a famous '80s sitcom.



He put on performances for some of the world's most widely recognized and hailed figures such as Michael Jackson (who went on to become a dear friend), Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. 

In the 1980's the city of Hawthorne, California named their shortest street 'Michu Lane' in commemoration of the performer. Rest in peace Michu Meszaros, you'll be missed. And now, a nice compilation of some of Alf's greatest moments:

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Makiko Futaki was an invaluable creative resource, and instrumental in almost every work done by Studio Ghibli, where she started up in 1981. Her last film for the studio was, When Marnie Was There



Futaki was the go to animator on Princess Mononoke, and also worked closely on Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. Futaki was a true visionary, an unrivaled talent, and a godsend for the anime industry as a whole, may she rest in peace.