Hiroko Takahashi, who performed under the stage name Kaoru Shimamura, passed away on February 26, 2013 at the age of 43 from breast cancer.

Her anime credits include Chrome Shelled Regios, Devil Lady, Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple, Macross 7, Moldiver, and Genocyber.

Shimamura was best known to the general public in Japan as the voice of the lead CG character Ralph in the TBS Television information and variety program Rank Ōkoku. She also played the character Enoken in the E-tele program Hitori de Dekirumon!.

Source: ANN