Career of 82 actor spanned 45 years
Japan's TBS reports that veteran voice actor Ichiro Nagai has passed away after being found collapsed in a Hiroshima hotel room. Hotel staff looked in on the 82 year old actor when he did not check out at the expected time. He was visiting the city for narration work.
Nagai's extensive career in anime included Doctor Sado in Space Battleship Yamato, Happosai in Ranma 1/2, Cherry in Urusei Yatsura, Namihei Isono in Sazae-san since 1969 and recently Chairman Netero in Hunter x Hunter and the Ramen Alien in Space Dandy.