Kaoru Shintani has announced that his wife and fellow manga creator Kayono Saeki passed away on August 29, 2021 due to lung cancer. She was 69 years old at the time of her passing.
When Saeki was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, her cancer was already in stage four and had metastasized to various parts of her body, so she was no longer able to have surgery. Her condition took a turn for the worse in March 2021.
Saeki debuted the Smash! Meg manga in Sho-Comi in 1980. She also created the Kuchibeni Combat and Akihi manga. Saeki won the 23rd Japan Cartoonists Association Award in 1994 for her Hi no Ryōsen manga.
Saeki married Shintani in 1973. They launched the Quo Vadis manga together in 2007.