Shuichiro Moriyama, a talented Japanese voice actor best known for his role as Porco Rosso in the film of the same name, Ghibli, died of pneumonia on the morning of February 8 in a hospital in Saitama Prefecture. The Moriyama agency announced in a short press release what happened a few hours ago.

Moriyama was born in Nagoya on July 26, 1934. He studied to be an actor as a boy and made his debut at the age of 23. The man has given his voice and talent for 63 yearsHe received extremely important roles, including that of Porco Rosso, the protagonist of the film of the same name, Ghibli, to which he gave his voice in the distant year 1992.

Moriyama was hospitalized for pneumonia, which has always been a leading cause of death for the elderly and the chronically ill, and lost his life at 9:10 am yesterday morning. The family preferred to hold the funeral in private, a choice also made mandatory by national health emergency-related guidelines. Studio Ghibli is expected to release a short paper this afternoon, in which he will thank the voice actor for a job well done.

In case you haven't seen it before, we remind you that Porco Rosso is also available with Japanese dubbing on Netflix Italy. The film is one of Studio Ghibli's most iconic films and an important legacy from a great voice actor.

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