Anime In Memoriam: 2015

Taking a final look back at the members of the anime industry who passed away during 2015:

  • Bob Magruder, English dub voice actor, passed away on January 2, 2015 after a brief illness at the age of 82.
  • Nobuyuki Fujimoto, scriptwriter, passed away on January 4, 2015 due to a tumor in his superior mediastinum of the upper chest at the age of 57.
  • Chikao Ohtsuka, voice actor, passed away on January 15, 2015 due to an Ischemic Heart Disorder as the age of 85.
  • Origa, Ghost in the Shell theme song singer, passed away on January 17, 2015 due to lung cancer at the age of 44.
  • Rome Elliot, American voice actor, passed away on January 22, 2015 after suffering from a tumor on his spinal cord.
  • Shinji Ogawa, voice actor, passed away on March 7, 2015 due to bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia at the age of 74.
  • Kinya Aikawa, voice actor, passed away on April 16, 2015 at the age of 80.
  • Hiroyuki Nishimoto, voice actor, passed away on April 19, 2015 due to aortic dissection at the age of 88.
  • Kazuya Tatekabe, voice actor, passed away on June 18, 2015 due to acute respiratory failure at the age of 80.
  • Toshifumi Takizawa, director, passed away on June 22, 2015 due to esophageal cancer at the age of 61.
  • Hidehito Ueda, director and storyboard artist, passed away on June 28, 2015 due to cancer at the age of 61.
  • Hiroyuki Kinoshita, Toei Animation managing director, passed away on July 3, 2015 due to a heart attack at the age of 48.
  • samfree (Takayuki Sano), anime theme song composer, passed away on September 24, 2015 at the age of 31.
  • Kazuo Kumakura, voice actor, passed away on October 12, 2015 due to rectal cancer at the age of 88.
  • Miyu Matsuki, voice actress, passed away on October 27, 2015 due to a chronic active Epstein-Barr virus infection that eventually led to a terminal case of malignant lymphoma at the age of 38.
  • Haruko Kato, voice actress, passed away on November 2, 2015 at the age of 92.
  • Melissa Mathison, writer for the English dub of Ponyo, passed away on November 4, 2015 at the age of 65.
  • Sumiko Shirakawa, voice actress, passed away in November 2015 at the age of 80.

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