Content warning: Mention of possible suicide.
There is sad news coming out of Japan with the passing of 43-year-old actor Akira Kubodera.
An official cause of death has not been released, but preliminary investigations have led those involved to believe it was possibly suicide.
Over the course of his career, Kubodera showed off his talents in movies, TV and plays. Anime News Network listed off his most otaku performances, which include live-action series roles such as Kanei in Kamen Rider Blade and Kunzite in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. Other roles include Ali al-Saachez in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Re:Build and Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Re:(in)novation, as well as Kamo Serizawa in Musical Hakuōki: Shinsengumi Kitan.
At this time, there is not much information on the situation.
Source: Anime News Network
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