What started out as a rumor on twitter posted by MADHOUSE studio’s founding director Masao Maruyama stating that an important studio director has passed. On Wednesday Satoshi Kon’s widow Kyōko Kon confirmed the rumor with a Posted message on Satoshi Kon’s official website,
On August 24 at 6:20 a.m. Satoshi Kon passed away due to pancreatic cancer He was 46.
His funeral service will be held only for relatives.
We respect and are deeply grateful for your kindness during his lifetime.
Satoshi Kon is probably best known for his work on Perfect Blue and Roujin Z, or more recently Tokyo Godfathers and Paprika. While Miyazaki does pretty, Satoshi Kon did pretty and smart. With the anime industry’s lack of directors under 50 pushing the boundaries, losing Satoshi is a hard blow. He will be truly missed.