Animation legend and Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata dies aged 82

Japanese animator and director Isao Takahata has died age 82. According to reports, the award-winning director passed away in a Tokyo hospital due to lung cancer, but this is yet to be confirmed.

A spokeswoman for Studio Ghibli said, “[His death] is true, but we can’t comment further as we are trying to confirm some facts around it.”

Takahata was born in Ujiyamada, Japan, in 1935 and he’s best known for his 1988 film Grave of the Fireflies and his latest work, 2014’s The Princess of Kaguya. The anime director first began his career at the Toei studio in 1959, where he met Hayao Miyazaki. The two later co-founded the famous animation house Studio Ghibli in 1985, along with Toshio Suzuki and Yasuyoshi Tokuma.

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