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Sad news has emerged over the weekend. The famous Japanese voice actor, Unshu Ishizuka, has passed away from esophageal cancer at the age of 67. Ishizuka was known as the voice of Professor Oak in the Japanese Pokémon anime, as well as for being the narrator of the series. 

His close relatives have reportedly already held a funeral, with a public ceremony currently being planned. Ishizuka took on voice roles for various other anime characters during his lifetime and also voiced a number of Pokémon.

From everyone here at Nintendo Life, we extend our deepest sympathies to Mr Ishizuka’s family, friends, and co-workers.