We at Kanzenshuu never enjoy having to write one of these news posts, but earlier today in Japan, we lost yet another member of the Dragon Ball acting pool: Ichirō Nagai, who had played Tsuru-Sen’nin and Karin-sama in all incarnations of the series up to the present.
According to the linked news article, Nagai had been in Hiroshima recording narration for a TV program, but failed to check out of his hotel this morning. When a hotel employee went to investigate, he was found in the bathtub, unresponsive. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of his death is not currently known; he was 82 years old.
In addition to his roles in Dragon Ball, he was also known for his roles as the Narrator and the Zeon dictator Degwin Sodo Zabi in the original Mobile Suit Gundam, as well as Sazae’s father Namihei Isono on Sazae-san, a role he had played since the show’s start in 1969.
Rest in peace, Mr. Nagai.
He played Isaac Netero on Hunter x Hunter (2011) also. RIP 😥
RIP Baseball Mask!