Mario Segale, the Italian American businessman who gave his name to Nintendo's Mario, has passed away at 84. He died surrounded by family on October 27th.
Most people haven't heard of him before because Segale didn't want to be recognized as the namesake for Mario, but for his own accomplishments in life. He thought his connection to Mario would hurt the reputation of his construction business.
Whether or not he ever got to play any Mario games, it was probably nice to know he was the namesake for the most iconic video game character of all time.
Goodbye Mario. :(