A while back, everyone found out the news that Yu-Gi-Oh! manga writer Kazuki Takahashi passed away due to drowning at the coast of the Okinawa Islands in July this year. The news was devasting to Yu-Gi-Oh! fans. Recently reported, new sources has been revealed that Takahashi, a well-known and loved manga writer, died as a hero. According to the site Stars and Stripes, the US military confirmed that Takahashi was out swimming to help save three people caught in a riptide. Diving instructor Major Robert Bourgeau was at Mermaid’s Grotto with his students and saw that three people was trapped out in the sea because of a riptide. One of the victims was a daughter who got caught and her mother was in land and asking for help. While saving the swimmers, Takahashi was around the area and took it upon himself to help the Major. He went out to save the swimmers out there in the riptide, but he never resurfaced. Despite not noticing the manga author in the sea, Bourgeau stated that Takahashi was a hero.
“You play that ‘what if’ game a lot. This guy had a huge impact on the world.”
-Major Robert Bourgeau
With this new information, fans online now know the back story upon Takahashi’s cause of death and the eyewitness of the scene.
It has come to my attention that I bring you tragic news. According to Japanese public broadcaster NHK, Japanese Coast Guard found a body in the waters in the coast of Okinawa Island of Japan on Wednesday at 10:30 AM. According to the reports, the body was “Yu-Gi-Oh!” creator Kazuki Takahashi. Investigation is in progress, but according to sources, Takahashi was using a rental vehicle and his body was wearing snorkeling equipment. He was alone and a person on a passing boat witnessed the body. According to NBC news, the coast guard commented that Takahashi’s body was damaged as if a marine animal harmed him. As of now, there hasn’t been a full detail on his cause of death.
Kazuki Takahashi passed away of the age 60. His real name Kazuo Takahashi. He created the manga Yu-Gi-Oh! in 1996 through 2004 in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. According to Crunchyroll, he created and supervised the anime movie Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. Because of the success of his story, the Yu-Gi-Oh! world would later expand into multiple series and spin-offs. He also supervised the manga of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in which the story was written by Shin Yoshida and drawn by Naohito Miyoshi. Despite Yu-Gi-Oh!, he also made some One-Shots such as COMIQ which was released in 2018’s Weekly Shonen Jump and he also did a collaboration graphic novel with Marvel and made Secret Reverse featuring Spider-Man and Iron Man.
It has come to my attention that I must share some sad news for everyone in the anime community. It has been announced that voice actor Billy Kametz has passed away on June 9th. He was the age of 35 and his cause of death was colon cancer. According to his GoFundMe page, the campaign will be closed on June 14th and all the donated money will be used for his celebration of his life and his funeral. His funeral will be on the 18th of the month.
Kametz was born on March 22, 1987 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His obituary stated Kametz had dreamed of becoming an actor since early childhood, and he got his break with Disney as an entertainment staff member on a Disney cruise line. He later played the role of Aladdin in Disneyland’s Musical Spectacular.
It was reported back in April that Billy Kametz was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer. He spent time with his family and went through health procedures to treat his body.
Billy Kametz is well known for voicing characters such as Josuke from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable, Naofumi from The Rising of the Shield Hero, Rui in Demon Slayer and Metal Lee from Boruto.
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I have some bad news for you today. In case you didn’t know, anime voice actor and Nickelodeon actor Kirk Baily passed away on February 28. He was the age of 59 and he died from lung cancer in which he was diagnosed for six months.
Kirk Baily appeared on the Nickelodeon series Salute Your Shorts and played as Kevin “Ug” Lee. He also did voices in anime such as Knives from Trigun, Shin in Cowboy Bebop and Garma Zabi in Mobile Suit Gundam – The Movie Trilogy.
It has come to my attention that I bring you tragic news for the anime community. Yesterday, it was reported online that anime voice actor Chris Ayres has passed away due to fighting years with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). It was first announced by his wife Krystal LaPorte in which she revealed the news on Twitter. He was only 56 of age.
He voiced Frieza starting from 2009 to all the way to 2019, from Dragon Ball Z Kai to all the way to the movie Dragon Ball Super Broly. According to Bounding Into Comics, he also voiced other anime characters in different anime such as Kei Kurano in Gantz and Ushio in Saint Seiya.
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I found this news recently during this weekend and it has come to my attention that I have to address it. It’s been reported online that voice actress Philece Sampler has passed away last week. She was the age of 67 and cause of death was heart attack. Her death dated on July 1st. Philace is well-known for voicing anime and western animation shows. Philece voiced Mimi Tachikawa in Digimon, Beauty in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobobo, Silvia from the anime Viewtiful Joe and Betty Ross from the animated series The Incredible Hulk (1996).
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News broke out yesterday and I have unfortunately have to inform everyone that manga author Kentaro Miura has passed away. Revealed through the official Berserk Twitter, Kentaro Miura passed away on May 6th due to an acute aortic dissection. He was only 54. Miura was born in 1966 in Chiba City and by age 10, he was inspired to write manga. In age 18, he became a manga artist assistant and worked with George Morikawa who created Hajime no Ippo. In 1988, he created his first draft of Berserk at Nihon University and in 1989, he revised the first chapter and published it.
It’s unknown what’s going to happen for the Berserk manga, but Miura’s work helped inspired fans and gave them an exciting story.
I have some unfortunate news to share with you in the world of anime and video games. It has been reported this weekend that a well respected voice actor has passed away. Prolific voice actor Brad Venable passed away this weekend; with permission from his friends and family, his death was reported on January 8th. Brad Venable was the age of 43. Venable is well known in many works such as voicing Griffon in Devil May Cry V, Scratchman Apoo in One Piece and even the voice of Marvel’s 2018 film Venom. While Tom Hardy played as Eddie Brock and Venom, Venable was the one who provided the voice of Venom, but Hollywood discredited him and left him out of the credits.
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It is sad news to report that anime and video game Japanese voice actor Keiji Fujiwara has recently passes away. It was reported that his time of death was April 12th and he was the age of 55; the cause of death was from cancer.
Fujiwara is well-known for voicing many characters from anime, video games and dubbing Western films. In anime, he voiced Maes Hugh from Fullmetal Alchemist and Captain Hannes from Attack on Titan. In video games, he was involved with doing the voice of Reno from Final Fantasy VII (Remake and the other titles), Ardyn from Final Fantasy XV and Leah/Axel from Kingdom Hearts. He also did the Japanese dub for Tony Stark/Iron Man from the MCU movies.
May God give him rest.
I got some sad news for Dragon Ball fans. This weekend, we were hit with tragic news in regards to the voice acting industry. The Spanish voice actor of Gohan from Dragon Ball was killed on Saturday. The voice actor is named Luis Alfonso Mendoza and he was the age of 55 when he died.
According to IGN, Mendoza was killed by a man during an altercation with renting living space. To make matters worse, the suspect not only killed Mendoza, but he also killed his wife and brother-in-law. The suspect tried to commit suicide by shooting himself, but ultimately failed and left him in critical condition and still alive.
Mendoza has voiced Gohan since 1996 and he has voiced many cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also did Spanish Dubs for live-action shows such as Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Joey from Friends.