Sora News Discusses the Passing of Isao Takahata

Isao Takahata

Anime news site Sora News 24 has an interesting anecdote on the passing of Isao Takahata, which pays tribute to the director's legendary career. It is now known that he died from lung cancer, but he also appeared to be in declining health for much of last year:

The 82-year-old Takahata passed away on April 5 at a hospital in Tokyo, succumbing to lung cancer after being plagued by heart and poor health conditions since last summer which had caused him to be hospitalized multiple times. An unnamed personal acquaintance was quoted as saying that Takahata looked startlingly thin when they last saw him in November. “He’d always given the impression of an inquisitive child with glimmering eyes, but [in November] he looked so tired that he seemed like a completely different person.”

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