Boom Boom Satellites' Michiyuki Kawashima Passes Away

The guitarist/vocalist in Boom Boom Satellites passed on October 9th, 2016, after his multi-year battle with brain tumor

Michiyuki Kawashima, the guitarist/vocalist in Boom Boom Satellites, passed away on October 9th after his multi-year battle with a brain tumor. The news was reported in a message posted by Masayuki Nakano, the bassist and programmer who was Kawashima's partner in the Japanese electronic music duo. The pair performed the theme to Kiznaiver, and were previously known to anime fans for their work on Ninja Slayer, Xam'd, and Gundam Unicorn.

In late 2012, Kawashima was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The band went on hiatus during 2013 while the condition was treated, but it relapsed in 2014. In this message, bassist and programmer Masayuki Nakano explains that the group is no longer able to continue due to complications from Kawashima’s tumor.

Their final LP, "Lay Your Hands On Me" was released in June.

【To everyone who has supported BOOM BOOM SATELLITES over the years】

It is our sad duty to inform you that Michiyuki Kawashima of BOOM BOOM SATELLITES passed away at 5:12am on October 9th, 2016, after his continued battle with brain tumor.

We offer our sincerest appreciation to everyone who supported BOOM BOOM SATELLITES and Michiyuki Kawashima over the years.

The wake and funeral will be held privately for family and close friends, with a farewell event for fans at a later date. Details will be posted on the band's website.

【Comment from Masayuki Nakano of BOOM BOOM SATELLITES】

At 5:12am on October 9th, BOOM BOOM SATELLITES's vocalist Michiyuki Kawashima set off on the next stage of his journey. 
I imagine he is soaring around the world, finally freed from the restrictions of his body. His passing is not a tragedy, but the achievement of a lifetime goal and a happy ending. The love of our many fans supported Michiyuki Kawashima and BOOM BOOM SATELLITES on their journey, and we are truly happy and lucky because of you. 
On behalf of Michiyuki Kawashima, I would like to thank all our fans and colleagues again.

"Thank you for supporting us up until now. Live your lives with passion and energy and keep the music we made, the time we spent together, and the memories we shared close to you."

“One more thing, we are BOOM BOOM SATELLITES!!”

Masayuki Nakano

Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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