Japanese animation movie executive and author Isao Takahata has kicked the bucket at 82 years old, nearby media announced Friday.
Takahata kicked the bucket of lung disease on Thursday in a doctor’s facility in Tokyo, Ghibli studio said in an announcement.
Studio Ghibli President Kiyofumi Nakajima said they sincerely pray for his soul to rest in peace.
Takahata founded Studio Ghibli with iconic director Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, which later became a world-renowned animation studio, producing blockbuster films.
Takahata was most famous for “The Grave of the Fireflies”, an award-winning 1988 film.
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”, his last film and made in 2013, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
Nakajima stated that a farewell gathering for Takahata will take place on May 15.