On November 26, anime director Umanosuke Iida died from undisclosed complications. He was 49 years old. He is best remembered as director of Hellsing and Devilman (shout-out to White Zombie). Ghibli fans will remember him as Hayao Miyazaki's assistant director on Laputa: Castle in the Sky. To the best of my knowledge, he was never involved in any other Studio Ghibli production.
According to GhibliWiki, Hayao Miyazaki and Nagai Go organized the funeral.
Thanks to Anime News Network for sharing the news.