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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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Ralph H Baer, the inventor of the Magnavox Odyssey, has passed away at the age of 92.

His invention was the first home video game console, and he's oft considered the inventor of video games. Baer is also the inventor of the first light gun for video games, called The Shooting Gallery. You can also thank him for that electronic, wickedly frustrating memory game, Simon.

Without Baer, you certainly wouldn't be complaining about whether or not your next-gen console is next-gen enough, so think of him the next time you turn yours on. Check out the video above to watch an interview he did with PBS about his work.

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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.

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Leonard Nimoy's Best Moments

It's with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to SciFi legend Leonard Nimoy, whom we lost today after a battle with chromic obstructive pulmonary disease.  

He touched many lives with his talent, and we'd love for you to share your favorite moments and memories of Leonard Nimoy in the comments below.

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Star Wars Co-Stars and Celebrities Pay Their Heartwarming Respects to Kenny Baker

Kenny Baker, who was the 'soul of R2-D2' passed away at 81 years old last week. The world lost a tremendous talent, and it warms the heart to see so many of Baker's esteemed Star Wars co-stars and associates step forward to offer their condolences.

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The seiyuu Matsuki Miyu died at the age of 38 on October 27. Some of her notable roles are Hisui in the Nasuverse, Kuuko from Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, Yoshinoya from Hidamari Sketch, Magical Sapphire from Fate/Kaleid, or Anna from Shimoneta. She died due to acute pneumonia. You can find a list of her roles here.

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It's hard to grasp that it's been a year since Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata passed away due to a bile duct tumor. Genyo Takeda ('Technology Fellow' at Nintendo) summed up how Iwata's journey was so far from over beautifully, in his eulogy:

“Please know, however, that the seeds you have planted, and the plants that have sprouted will put forth small flowers as they bring smiles to the faces of people around the world, blossom into a grand flower bigger than even you, our leader, Iwata-san,” Takeda shared. “Together with Miyamoto and others of our generation, we swear in our hearts that we will continue our efforts so that, someday, we can report and present to you the blossoming of these flowers. May you continuously watch over and guide us managers, our employees and your family.”

Iwata's passing inspired a wealth of heartwarming fan art dedications like these:

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You will be missed, RIP Satoru Iwata.

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Every gamer knows that the bond formed with their virtual teammates is as real as any formed in the real world, and losing one of those friends is a truly painful loss.  After one of their clanmates passed away due to complications arising from a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis, the Dads of Destiny clan found a truly touching way to salute their comrade. 

Known as TheSquashPhD in Destiny, Joshua R. Stokell of Charlotte, NC passed away on June 8.  He was 36 years old.  Josh had a PhD in Microbiology and was a Post- Doctoral Fellow at UNC-Charlotte researching Cystic Fibrosis.