We remember those in the anime industry who passed away during 2021:

  • Brad Venable, voice actor, passed away at the age of 43. His passing was announced on January 8, 2021, but neither the date of death nor the cause of death were specified.
  • Cloris Leachman, actress, passed away on January 27, 2021 at the age of 94 due to natural causes.
  • Shuuichirou Moriyama, voice actor, passed away on February 8, 2021 at the age of 86 due to pneumonia.
  • Masako Sugaya, voice actress, passed away on February 25, 2021 at the age of 83 while undergoing medical treatment for an unspecified illness.
  • Tasuku Saitō, anime producer, passed away on February 27, 2021 at the age of 87 from natural causes.
  • Amy Howard Wilson, voice actress, passed away on February 28, 2021 at the age of 65.
  • Yasuo Otsuka, animator, passed away on March 15, 2021 at the age of 89.
  • Minako Shiba, animator and character designer, passed away on March 15, 2021 at the age of 50.
  • Masahiro Anzai, voice actor, passed away on March 15, 2021 at the age of 66 due to acute heart failure.
  • George Segal, actor, passed away on March 23, 2021 at the age of 87 due to complications from bypass surgery.
  • Ted Koplar, producer, passed away on April 4,, 2021 at the age of 77.
  • Osamu Kobayashi, director, passed away on April 17, 2021 at the age of 57 due to kidney cancer.
  • Shunsuke Kikuchi, composer, passed away on April 24, 2021 at the age of 89 due to aspiration pneumonia.
  • Takashi Tachibana, journalist and anime voice actor, passed away on April 30, 2021 at the age of 80 due to acute coronary syndrome.
  • Diana Perez, Spanish dub voice actress, passed away in April 2021 at the age of 51.
  • Susumu Kazuhara, musician, passed away in May 2021 at the age of 74.
  • Akira Itou, lyricist, passed away on May 15, 2021 at the age of 80 from acute renal failure.
  • Genzo Wakayama, voice actor, passed away on May 18, 2021 at the age of 88 due to heart failure.
  • Haruka Nagashima, voice actress, passed away on May 30, 2021 at the age of 33.
  • Asei Kobayashi, anime theme song composer, passed away on May 30, 2021 at the age of 88 due to heart failure.
  • Philece Sampler, voice actress, passed away on July 1, 2021 at the age of 67 due to a heart attack.
  • Masami Suda, animator and character designer, passed away on August 1, 2021 at the age of 77.
  • Fred Ladd, North American anime pioneer, passed away on August 3, 2021 at the age of 94.
  • Masanari Nihei, actor, passed away on August 21, 2021 at the age of 80 due to aspiration pneumonia.
  • French Tickner, voice actor, passed away on August 26, 2021 at the age of 91.
  • Ed Asner, actor, passed away on August 29, 2021 at the age of 91.
  • Eiichi Yamamoto, director, passed away on September 7, 2021 at the age of 80.
  • Yūshi Suzuki, director, passed away on September 9, 2021.
  • Daisei Fujii, designer, passed away on October 12, 2021.
  • Chris Ayres, voice actor, passed away on October 18, 2021.
  • Jack Angel, voice actor, passed away on October 19, 2021 at the age of 90.
  • Saori Sugimoto, voice actress, passed away on October 21, 2021 at the age of 58 due to congestive heart failure associated with anorexia.
  • Yoshiko Ohto, voice actress, passed away on October 29, 2021 at the age of 89 due to heart failure.
  • Kinji Yoshimoto, director and animator, passed away on November 5, 2021 at the age of 55.
  • Keiko Nobumoto, writer, passed away on December 1, 2021 at the age of 57 due to esophageal cancer.
  • Joji Yanami, voice actor, passed away on December 3, 2021 at the age of 90.
  • Scott Page-Pagter, English dub director and scriptwriter, passed away on December 5, 2021 at the age of 52 due to cancer.
  • Sayaka Kanda, voice actress, passed away on December 18, 2021 at the age of 35.
  • Betty White, actress, passed away on December 31, 2021 at the age of 99.

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