The Bungakuza theater company has announced that actor Tōru Watanabe passed away on November 28, 2022 due to septicemia, or bacterial blood poisoning. Watanabe had symptoms of fever and stomachache on November 20, 2022, and he went to the hospital and was diagnosed with bacterial gastroenteritis. He was later diagnosed with septicemia. He was 61 years old at the time of his passing.

In anime, Watanabe voiced Aesop in the 1999 Aesop’s World anime and a teacher in the Children of the Sea anime film.

Outside of anime, Watanabe starred as a new detective in the 1981 television drama Taiyo ni Hoero!. He became a member of the Bungakuza theater company in 1985 after debuting in the company’s Marius play in 1984. Watanabe has appeared in many plays and dramas since.

Source: ANN