For the few who don't know, Hiroshi Yamauchi was the man who turned Nintendo from a lowly playing card company into a video game powerhouse. You can read a bit more about him in the Time article about this death. -Zero
Hirokazu Tanaka (long-time Nintendo composer from 1980 to 1999) made some tribute remixes in Yamauchi-san's honor. These are posted here. ~ DrFinkelstein
Yeah I don't even know if he was sick or it was just old age or something.
For all the crap he got for some of his business practices he did have a keen eye for talent. He gave guys like Gunpei Yokoi and Shigeru Miyamoto the reigns to make the games they wanted and he was the one who thought Shigesato Itoi might be one to something with his RPG idea.
I must pay my respects to Mr. Yamauchi. The guy absolutely had an eye for talent and knew exactly how to steer Nintendo to becoming kings at what they do. He was an imposing and intimidating guy, but that's just what 1980s Nintendo needed. Yamauchi, I salute you for your contributions! Maybe now he's playing go against Gunpei Yokoi in the afterlife.
@sirmastersephiroth Well I'm sure there would still be video games, but it's questionable when or if the console business would've recovered. I don't want to think about that alternate universe though.