Talent management agency Haikyo has announced that voice actor Kiyoshi Kobayashi passed away on July 30, 2022 due to pneumonia. He was 89 years old at the time of his passing.

Kobayashi announced in September 2021 that he was retiring from his long-time and iconic role as Daisuke Jigen in the Lupin III franchise after 52 years (Akio Ohtsuka replaced him in the role for the Lupin the 3rd Part 6 anime). Kobayashi had voiced the character since 1969, and was the only remaining original first-generation cast member in the Lupin III franchise just prior to his retirement from the role.

Kobayashi’s other credits include Bem in the Yōkai Ningen Bem series, Adrian Rubinsky in the 1988 The Legend of the Galactic Heroes OVA series, Crystal Bowie in Space Adventure Cobra, Aguille Delaz and the Narrator in Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Avdol in the 1993 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure OVA, and Watari in Death Note.

Source: ANN