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ZeniMax Co-Founder Robert A. Altman Has Died

Altman at a Bethesda E3 conference.
Altman at a Bethesda E3 conference. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

ZeniMax co-founder and CEO Robert A. Altman has died, ZeniMax subsidiary Bethesda announced Thursday.

Altman, born in 1947, started his career as a lawyer. In 1999, he joined Bethesda founder Christopher Weaver to found ZeniMax. The company owns Bethesda's internal studios in addition to Arkane (Dishonored), id Software (Doom), MachineGames (Wolfenstein) and Tango Gameworks (The Evil Within).

"He was a true visionary, friend, and believer in the spirit of people and the power of what they could accomplish together," reads Bethesda's announcement. "He was an extraordinary leader, and an even better human being."

"We extend our deepest sympathies to Robert's family, who are a part of our family and have always treated us as part of theirs."

Bethesda did not provide a cause of death. Altman is survived by his wife, actress Lynda Carter, whom he married in 1984, and two children. One, James Altman, works at Bethesda as director of publishing operations.