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Commodore founder Jack Tramiel dies aged 83

Also responsible for Atari ST.

Jack Tramiel, the founder of Commodore, passed away at the weekend. He was 83 years old.

Jack Tramiel (left) and Michael Tomczyk (right) celebrating 1 million sales of Commodore's second computer, VIC20.

Tramiel is best known to gamers for founding legendary home computer maker Commodore, and for creating the Commodore 64 and Commodore Amiga.

But he was also instrumental in producing the Atari ST home computer: he left Commodore in 1984, bought Atari and delivered the ST a year later.

Tramiel and his family sold Atari to Hasbro in March 1998.

Tramiel, a Polish Holocaust survivor, co-founded the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1993.

Jack Tramiel is survived now by a wife and three sons.

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