Japanese voice actress Hiromi Tsuru has passed away at the age of 57. Police found Tsuru unconscious in her car, which was stopped with its hazard lights on at a Tokyo metropolitan expressway at 7:30 pm. Tsuru was rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.
【声優鶴ひろみ氏死亡 首都高で】声優の鶴ひろみさんが16日夜、首都高速上の車内で意識不明の状態で見つかり、死亡していたことがわかった。アンパンマンのドキンちゃんやドラゴンボールのブルマなどの声で知られる。 https://t.co/UyBRyUQigW
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The police aren’t ready to comment on Tsuru’s cause of death, but the lack of accident have them suspecting an illness. They’ll make an official statement at a later time.
Tsuru’s voice acting career began in 1978 when she voice Perrine Paindavoine in Perrine Monogatari (The Story of Perrine). Since then, Tsuru has voiced a handful of iconic characters, which has made her an international star. Some of her roles include:
- Bulma (Dragon Ball franchise)
- Lufy (Gall Force franchise)
- Madoka Ayukawa (Kimagure Orange Road)
- Ukyou Kuonji (Ranma ½ franchise)
- Dokin-chan (Anpanman franchise)
- Sachiko Nishio (Touch)
- Meryl Stryfe (Trigun)
- Naomi Hunter (Metal Gear Solid 1 & 4)
- Julia Chang (Tekken franchise)
Tsuru was still active as Bulma’s voice actress at her time of death.
Update: Tsuru’s agency announced that she passed away due to aortic dissection, which is a rare heart issue that involves the inner aortic layer tearing, causing blood to flow into middle layer and causing a separation.