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Published by VegettoEX
16 November 2017, 9:53 PM EST

Voice actress Hiromi Tsuru, best known as the voice of Bulma in the Dragon Ball franchise (along with Bra, Tights, and even baby Trunks), has passed away at age 57.

At around 7:30 p.m. on November 16th, Hiromi Tsuru was found unconscious in her car on the Shuto Expressway in Chūō, Tokyo; her seatbelt was fastened and the car’s hazard lights were on; there was no sign of an accident. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead; the [Tokyo] Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the cause of death, and say it may have been due to illness.

UPDATE: Tsuru’s agency, Aoni Production, announced that the cause of death was aortic dissection. A private, family-only funeral will be held.

Tsuru appeared in the Dragon Ball series with its very first episode in 1986. In 2004, for her interview in the Dragon Ball: Tenka’ichi Densetsu guide book, Tsuru stated:

Dragon Ball is a really amazing and interesting work. There are a lot of battles, but if you can sense the message that’s there in them, I’ll be happy. Also, please be partial to Bulma!