Film distributor and theater company operator Shochiku has announced that actor, voice actor, and kabuki actor Shidou Nakamura is taking a hiatus from his stage performances to undergo hospital treatment for early-stage lung cancer. The actor, 44, wrote in a handwritten statement that doctors said he would “be able to recover” if he “immediately undergoes surgery.”

Nakamura voiced the role of Ryuk in the Death Note live-action movie, and he also reprised the role for the Death Note anime series, and the Death Note Relight – Visions of a God and Death Note Relight 2 – L’s Successors anime specials, the Death Note: The Last Name live-action film, and more recently, the Death Note Light up the NEW world live-action film.

Other live-action roles include Iriya in Gatchaman, Yoshiyuki Nakajima in Silver Spoon, Ran in Beck, and Dragon in Ping Pong. He has also voiced roles in anime such as Gabu in Arashi no Yoru ni, Jed in Hunter × Hunter -The Last Mission-, Saga in One Piece: The Curse of the Sacred Sword, and Zero in Pokemon: Giratina & The Sky Warrior.

Source: ANN