According to a number of reports, Shoji Mizuno - the man who gave Bomberman the iconic look he sports today - has died. One such report is a blog post written by former Hudson Soft executive and frontman Toshiyuki Takahashi, which memorialises Mizuno's contribution to the company.
Mizuno has a decades-long career in the Japanese video game industry, including helping redesign Bomberman's appearance into the classic cartoonish look we know and love. He also worked on such games as Adventure Island on the SNES and contributed to the Beyblade franchise. Our thoughts go to his family, friends and colleagues.