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Robert A. Altman, co-founder of video game company ZeniMax Media, which published top franchises including The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, has died.

His cause of death was not immediately clear.

Publisher Bethesda Softworks confirmed that Altman went through a statement on Twitter.

“He was a true visionary, friend, and believer in the spirit of men and the power of what they could accomplish together,” reads part of the statement to Bethesda. “He was an extraordinary leader, and an even better man.”

Altman co-founded Maryland-based ZeniMax Media in 1986, and eventually became one of the video game industry’s largest publishers. In 2009, ZeniMax acquired id Software, known for creating classic games such as Doom and Wolfenstein.

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Altman was married to “Wonder Woman” star Lynda Carter. They had two children together, James Altman, 33, and Jessica Altman, 27.

“He makes me laugh,” Carter said of Altman during a USA DAY interview in 2018. “When I get into my details, he brings me off the edge!”

In a letter posted on Bethesda’s website, James Altman remembers his father’s tireless work ethic and a caring father.

“He was fiercely loyal to his friends, and had a way of making contact with people immediately,” wrote James Altman. “Inspire them, get the best out of them, and often teach them with their seemingly infinite wisdom.”

In September last year, Microsoft bought ZeniMax in a deal worth $ 7.5 billion. “I’m incredibly saddened by the news that we’ve lost an industry icon, partner and close friend Robert Altman,” Xbox CEO Phil Spencer wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

Erin Jensen contributed to this report. Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @ brettmolina23.

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