Air Agency has announced that voice actor Keiji Fujiwara passed away on April 12, 2020 due to cancer. He was 55 years old at the time of his passing.
He had gone on hiatus from voice acting in August 2016 to undergo medical treatment for an unspecified illness, but gradually returned to work in 2017.
Fujiwara had numerous main cast roles, and was best known for such characters as Hiroshi Nohara in Crayon Shin-chan, Holland in Eureka 7, Maes Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist, Leorio in the 2011 Hunter × Hunter anime, Axel in Kingdom Hearts, Ardyn in Final Fantasy XV, Reno in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Final Fantasy VII Remake, and ACDC in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Some of his other roles included Ladd Russo in Baccano!, Shuichi Aizawa in Death Note, Ali al-Saachez in Gundam 00, Shirō Fujimoto in Blue Exorcist, and Eugen in Granblue Fantasy. He was also the Japanese dub voice for Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark in The Avengers film.
Fujiwara founded the Air Agency talent management agency in 2006, and was its representative director until his death.