Voice Actor Takeshi Aono Passes Away
posted on 2012-04-09 23:40 EDT by Egan Loo
Voice actress Eiko Yamada reported on Tuesday that voice actor Takeshi Aono passed away. Among many other roles, Aono played the grandfather on Chibi Maruko-chan, Shirō Sanada in the Space Battleship Yamato anime works, Rihaku in Fist of the North Star, and Kami-Sama and King Piccolo in Dragon Ball.
Update: Aono passed away due to multiple cerebral infarction after an aortic aneurysm at 4:38 p.m. on Monday, April 9. He was 76.
Aono had stepped down from his Chibi Maruko-chan role in 2010 due to his declining health and long struggle with illness. Among other roles, he dubbed the role of Christopher Lloyd's Doc character in the Back to the Future films and Joe Pesci's films in their Japanese releases.
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