The real super Mario who inspired the name for Nintendo game dies at 84.
Mario Seagle, in the 19s, leased a warehouse to Nintendo of America after which the company decided to name the star of their video game after him.
The Super Mario character which is well recognised around the globe was actually known as Jumpman until Nintendo decided to give the character a proper name.
Mario Seagle died on October 27, surrounded by friends and family, he was survived by his wife Donna, four children and nine grandchildren. He was an Italian-American property developer from the US state of Washington.
As Reported by SkyNews, Mr. Seagle had shunned all publicity and involvement with Nintendo fearing that any association with Mario could damage the reputation of his Business, according to his obituary, he wanted to be remembered for achievements.
It reads: “While he was the inspiration for the name of Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario’ from when they were tenants in his business park in the 1970’s, he always ducked the notoriety and wanted to be known instead for what he accomplished in his life.”
He was born in Seattle to first-generation Italian immigrant farmers Louis and Rina, Seagle started his own construction company, Seagle Properties, with just one dump truck. However, he sold his company in 1998 for £46.21million ($60million).