Dragon Ball Z voice actress Hiromi Tsuru has passed away.
According to Asahi News, as reported by Kotaku, she was found yesterday evening unconscious in a car along the Shouto Expressway in Tokyo. The popular voice actress was later taken to hospital where authorities believe she passed away from an illness.
Since 1986, Tsuru brought to life the iconic blue-haired tomboy Bulma from the Dragon Ball series. Over the last 30 years, she extended her voiced in a number of Dragon Ball properties, including 13 TV series and OVAs, 14 movies, and 15 games.
Fans may have also recognised her vocal talents in many other iconic anime series from the 1990s, such as One Piece, Ranma ½, and Trigun. Tsuru has also voiced several video game characters, including Naomi Winter in Metal Gear Solid, Anne in Bravely Second: End Layer , and Julia Chang in Tekken.
Toei Animation is currently producing Dragon Ball Super, an official canonical sequel to Dragon Ball Z. Tsuru isn’t heavily involved in the current arc of Super and it’s unclear what will happen with her character, and who will take over her role in the future.
Our thoughts go out to Hiromi Tsuru, her friends and family.
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