Anime News Network is reporting that manga creator Shinji Wada has passed away at the age of 61.

Wada is probably best known as the creator of the Sukeban Deka manga series. Wada’s other works include Pygmalio and CROWN. His most recent work is Kugutsushi Rin, which started publication in Akita Shoten’s Mystery Bonita magazine in 2006.

Wada also had a couple of anime credits: as a special guest designer for Crusher Joe: The Movie and some finish animation for Inuyasha. Wada also made an appearance in a live-action film adaptation of Sukeban Deka as a yo-yo salesman.

Source: ANN