The Associated Press confirmed reports that Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, died this morning at his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
His wife, Gail Gygax, says he had been suffering from health problems for several years, including an abdominal aneurysm.
Gygax and co-creator Dave Arneson developed the role-playing game in 1974 and it went on to become 1 of the best-selling games ever. Dungeons & Dragons is considered the grandfather of fantasy role-playing games and has influenced video games, books, movies and inspired legions of adoring fans.
Gygax was 69.