Update: Jack’s passing has been confirmed.
Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore Portable Typewriter Company which later became Commodore Business Machines and then Commodore International, has reportedly died. Though the major news services have yet to pick up on it, posts are beginning to appear on the popular Atari boards and on Twitter. Tramiel at one point was interested in buying the young Apple Computer, Inc but the deal fell through. Jack resigned from Commodore in 1984 and later that year, purchased a controlling interest in the Atari home computer and gaming divisions of Warner Communications.
An odd bit of trivia: though both Woz and Tramiel were early movers and shakers in the industry, and their companies were direct competitors in the home computer market, the two didn’t meet until 2007.