Anime News Network is reporting that manga creator Takao Yaguchi passed away on November 20, 2020 due to pancreatic cancer. He was 81 years old at the time of his passing. His daughter Kaoru made the announcement through her father’s Twitter account, and added that her father had been ill for half a year since he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May 2020.
Yaguchi was born in 1939 in Akita prefecture. He is best known for his Tsurikichi Sampei fishing manga, which ran in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 1973 to 1983, and had 65 compiled book volumes. It inspired an anime series that ran from 1980 to 1982. The manga also inspired a live-action film in 2009. The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology gave him the Regional Person of Cultural Merit Award in 2009. This year marked his 50th year as a professional artist.
Yaguchi and Katsumi Tatsuzawa recently ended the Versus Gyoshin-san! manga on July 7, 2020. The manga was a spin-off of Tsurikichi Sampei.