Hikari Yono, the voice actress of Samui in the Naruto series and Yoshino Uehara in GANTZ passed away earlier this month.
The actress’s passing was announced on her official Twitter account which is now seemingly managed by Yono’s family.
“To all of you, Hikari Yono’s family. Yono was undergoing medical treatment, but died on November 15, 2020. It was a life that loved the work of voice. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those who supported us during our lifetime. Hikari Yono’s voice lives on in the work. Please don’t forget your voice with the work”
Although Yono was undergoing treatment for a medical condition, it’s unknown if her passing has any correlation to the rising cases of COVID-19 globally and may be entirely unrelated.
In addition to her anime voice acting, Yono is known for her dubbing and show hosting. She had dub roles in the American films Catch Me if You Can, The Devil Wears Prada, and Wonder Woman.
Yono also narrated Chokugeki LIVE Goody! which is a variety show on FujiTV.