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Utena Voice Actress Tomoko Kawakami Passes Away (Updated)

posted on 2011-06-10 04:50 EDT
Lead actress of Hikaru no Go, Sugar, Air had been hospitalized since 2008

The agency Production baobab announced on Friday that voice actress Tomoko Kawakami passed away on Thursday, June 9 at 4:45 p.m. after a long bout with illness. She was 41.

Kawakami was the lead voice actress in La fillette révolutionaire Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena), Hikaru no Go, Sugar: A Little Snow Fairy, Air, and many other anime titles. She had made her debut in 1994 with the anime Metal Fighter Miku, and her roles included Fuyuki Hinata in Keroro Gunsō (Sgt. Frog) and Miu Furinji in KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple.

Kawakami had been hospitalized since August of 2008 for an unspecified illness and had undergone surgery at the time. As a result of her illness, she had to relinquish roles such as Kaoru in the video adaptation of Yamane's Ikoku Irokoi Romantan boys-love comedy manga.

Thank you to dormcat for the news tip.

Update: The Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported that Kawakami had been undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer.


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