Anime In Memoriam: 2016

Here are those we lost in the anime industry during 2016:

  • Yasushi Nirasawa, creature designer, passed away on February 2, 2016 at the age of 52 due to kidney failure.
  • Paul Gordon, musician for English versions of anime, passed away on February 18, 2016 at the age of 52 from an unspecified illness.
  • Keith Emerson, music director for the Harmagedon anime film, passed away on March 11, 2016 at the age of 71.
  • Kouji Wada, Digimon theme song singer, passed away on April 3, 2016 at the age of 42 due to cancer in his upper pharynx.
  • Tooru Oohira, anime voice actor, passed away on April 12, 2016 at the age of 86.
  • Hisao Okawa, anime scriptwriter, passed away on April 19, 2016 at the age of 88 due to respiratory failure.
  • Isao Tomita, anime composer, passed away on May 5, 2016 at the age of 84 due to chronic heart failure.
  • Makiko Futaki, animator, passed away on May 13, 2016 at the age of 58 while being treated for an illness.
  • Yuko Mizutani, voice actress, passed away on May 17, 2016 at the age of 51 due to breast cancer.
  • Alan Young, voice actor, passed away on May 19, 2016 at the age of 96.
  • Akihiro Komori, composer, passed away on June 5, 2016 at the age of 85 due to kidney failure.
  • Janet Waldo, voice actress, passed away on June 12, 2016 at the age of 96.
  • Anton Yelchin, English dub actor in From Up on Poppy Hill, passed away on June 19, 2016 at the age of 27 due to a car accident.
  • Michiyo Yasuda, Studio Ghibli color designer, passed away on October 5, 2016 at the age of 77 due to illness.
  • Gary Dubin, voice actor, passed away on October 8, 2016 at the age of 57 after a battle with bone cancer.
  • Michiyuki Kawashima, vocalist for Boom Boom Satellites, passed away on October 9, 2016 while fighting his fourth brain tumor relapse.
  • Susan Aceron, voice actress, passed away on October 9, 2016 at the age of 44 due to nasopharyngeal cancer.
  • Kazunari Tanaka, voice actor, passed away on October 10, 2016 at the age of 49 due to a hemorrhage in his brain stem.
  • Tooru Hishiyama, art director and background artist, passed away on October 15, 2016.
  • Kaneta Kimotsuki, voice actor, passed away on October 20, 2016 at the age of 80.
  • Cole Brown, voice actor, passed away on November 18, 2016 at the age of 60.
  • Hirofumi Asamoto, composer, passed away on November 30, 2016 at the age of 53.
  • Kenichi Kurosawa, musician, passed away on December 5, 2016 at the age of 48 due to a brain tumor.
  • Shuji Iuchi, director, animator, and scriptwriter, passed away on December 15, 2016 at the age of 66.
  • Debbie Reynolds, English dub actor in Kiki’s Delivery Service, passed away on December 28, 2016 at the age of 84 after suffering a stroke.

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