Capcom has announced that Mark Beaumont, the company's chief operating officer for their North American and European branches, died suddenly this morning.
Beaumont, a man in his late 50s, was Capcom's executive vice president, officer and head of North American, South American and European consumer software publishing, a position which he was promoted to in 2008. He joined the company in 2005 after leaving Midway, where he was previously the vice president for publishing.
According to MCV, the cause of death was heart attack. Capcom representatives have yet to comment on the story, only giving the following statement which was released by the company at 4:14 U.S. Mountain time: "Our COO and dear friend, Mark Beaumont, passed away this morning. This sudden loss has left us with deep sadness. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones. We will remember him for his humor, passion and commitment to Capcom and our industry. He was a great leader and visionary and his spirit will carry on in everything that we do. Please join us in memory of Mark."