Talent agency Sigma7 has announced that voice actor Shōzō Iizuka passed away on February 15, 2023 due to acute heart failure. He was 89 years old at the time of his passing.
Iizuka was known for such roles as Zenda-gorilla in Zendarman, Yoshio Marui in Mister Ajikko, Ryu Jose in Mobile Suit Gundam, Happosai Hieta in Nintama Rantaro, Kasumi Senzaemon in Kasumin, Dogen Awakusu in Durarara!!, Nappa in Dragon Ball Z, Caramel Man in Dr. Slump, Liu Kaiō in Baki, Genya Tachibana in Millennium Actress, Keiichi Ikari in Paranoia Agent, Inspector Lestrade in Sherlock Hound, and Rui Jangal in Voltes V.
He was also famous for voicing dub roles of Western films, most notably the voice of protagonist Carl Fredricksen in Up and Dr. Jumba Jookiba in Lilo & Stitch.
Iizuka also voiced roles in tokusatsu shows and narrated television programs.