Manga artist Joya Kagemaru passed away on April 5, 2012 due to pancreatic cancer. He was 72 years old at the time of his passing.
Kagemaru’s best-known works include WARU and Karate Baka Ichidai. Hisato Maki, Kagemaru’s collaborator on WARU, just passed away in January 2012.
Joya Kagemaru is survived by his wife, Yoshiko.