Satoshi Kon, an award-winning director of anime films, has died. He was 47.
His death was confirmed on Tuesday by one of the members of the Otakorp Board of Directors for the Otakan convention. No cause of death has been reported yet.
MADHOUSE founder Masao Maruyama tweeted about the passing of a renowned director Tuesday night, but did not give the name of the director that time. Reports say he was talking about Kon.
Kon started out as a manga creator, with 1990’s “Kaikisen” as one of his earliest works. He also worked as a script and art director of “Magnetic Rose,” a segment in the sci-fi anthology film “Memories.”
Kon became popular around the globe when he debuted as a feature film director of “Perfect Blue” in 1997. His other critically-acclaimed anime projects were “Millennium Actress” in 2001, “Tokyo Godfathers” in 2003, “Paranoia Agent” in 2004, and “Paprika” in 2006.
Anime News Network reported that Kon was working on an upcoming feature film entitled “Yume-Miru Kikai” before he passed away.
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