Japanese musician and film composer Ryuichi Sakamoto died throughout a battle with most cancers on March 28, in keeping with recording firm Avex.
Sakamoto was initially recognized with throat most cancers in 2014, and revealed in 2022 that he had terminal most cancers. His most cancers prognosis that was disclosed in 2022 got here one 12 months after saying that he suffered from rectal most cancers.
He was thought of a pioneer of electronics music within the late Seventies, and based Yellow Magic Orchestra with Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi.
Within the assertion from Avex, a spokesperson stated that Sakamoto labored on music when he was feeling properly regardless of being ailing.
“To his remaining days, he lived with music,” the assertion reads.
Sakamoto launched a full-length album in January titled “12,” and he stated composing music had a “small therapeutic impact on my broken physique and soul,” an announcement made together with the album’s launch states.
The famed musician’s work for the 1987 film “The Final Emperor” gained an Oscar and Grammy. He additionally starred within the film “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence,” which gained a BAFTA Award for Finest Movie Music.
He was born in 1952 in Tokyo, Japan, and commenced finding out music on the age of 10, being influenced by the Beatles and Debussy.
The assertion from Avex expressed gratitude to the medical crew which handled him each within the U.S. and Japan, additionally thanking his followers worldwide.
“Ars longa, vita brevis,” the assertion learn, referencing phrases Sakamoto cherished, referring to the longevity of artwork, irrespective of the shortness of human life.
Along with his legacy as a musician and movie composer, he was additionally a pacifist and spoke in opposition to nuclear energy after the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns in 2011, which have been attributable to an earthquake and tsunami.
Funeral providers for Sakamoto have been held with shut family and friends, the assertion from Avex learn.
The Related Press contributed to this report.