Wave Studio has announced on manga creator Izumi Matsumoto’s blog on the Comic-On website that Matsumoto passed away on October 6, 2020. He was 61 years old at the time of his passing.
In recent years, the Kimagure Orange Road manga creator had been suffering from general malaise due to cerebrospinal fluid hypovolemia (depleted cerebrospinal fluid). Matsumoto desired to return to work and continued to fight the illness, while being anxious about heart surgery he had several years ago. According to his doctor, he passed away in his sleep without suffering.
Matsumoto had revealed on his blog in November 2019 that he had spinal stenosis, an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on the spinal cord. He had said that he had severe numbness in his legs, and he was unsure what to do going forward.
Matsumoto had revealed on his blog in August 2016 that he had a relapse of cerebrospinal fluid hypovolemia at the end of April 2016 after he hit his head when someone knocked him over while rushing to catch a train, and he was bedridden for three months. Matsumoto began hospital treatment for the condition in August 2016. Digital Manga Inc. then stated in November 2016 that Matsumoto’s condition was “growing worse,” and that he experienced seizures regularly.
Matsumoto previously gave up drawing manga in 1999 due to the same illness, but did not receive the right diagnosis until 2004. He returned to work in Fall 2005 after treatment.
Matsumoto’s Kimagure Orange Road manga series ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1984 to 1987.