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Image: Bethesda, ZeniMax Media

We have the very sad news to report today that ZeniMax Media (parent company of Bethesda) founder and CEO Robert A. Altman has sadly passed away at the age of 73, as revealed by the company in a Twitter update this afternoon.

To remember his time at the company, Bethesda shared one of the internal emails Altman would send to employees on a weekly basis. This particular email discussed some of the "quiet joys" working from home has delivered, and encouraged staff to take a break to celebrate the company's 21st birthday at the time.

Altman co-founded ZeniMax Media with Bethesda Softworks founder Christopher Weaver. The company later went on to acquire other properties, including Arkane Studios, id Software, MachineGames, and Tango Gameworks. He was also married to Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the classic TV series.

Many industry names have paid their respects to Altman on social media, including Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who said he was "very saddened by the news" and is "sending love and strength to his family and all the teams at Zenimax/Bethesda during this very difficult time".

Our thoughts go out to Altman's family, friends and colleagues at ZeniMax Media.