Capcom has announced that Mark Beaumont, its chief operating officer for North America and Europe, died suddenly this morning.
Beaumont, in his late 50s, was officially Capcom's executive vice president, officer and Head of North America, South America and Europe consumer software publishing. He was promoted to the position in 2008. He joined Capcom in 2005 from Midway, where he had been the executive vice president for publishing at Midway before joining Capcom in 2005.
MCV reported the cause of death as a heart attack. Reached by Kotaku, Capcom representatives declined all comment beyond this statement, 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.