We are saddened to report that Japanese Voice Actress Sayaka Kanda has passed away unexpectedly at 35-years old. Sayaka was the Japanese voice dub for Princess Anna in Disney’s Frozen and has worked on projects such as My Fair Lady as Eliza Dolittle, Sword Art Online as Yuna, Kingdom Hearts III, Idoly Pride, Star Blazers, and more.
A message on Sayaka’s website written by Mitsuhisa Kamoike, CEO of L’aube Inc. shared the news of her passing, which has been loosely translated below:
“Thank you for your continued support of us and Sayaka Kanda. We would like to express our deep gratitude to [Sayaka’s Father, Masaki Kanda] for his warm words since the last report, including his support so far. Today, I would like to report that the family held a funeral in the form of a secret burial at the request of relatives.
As a result of [the] detailed examination by the police, it was reported that there was no incident and that the cause of death was polytrauma shock due to the fall. Regarding the cause of the fall, we would like to refrain from disclosing it in consideration of the honor of [Mr.] Kanda himself and the influence on the people around him, and we would appreciate it if you could include it.
Although we are confused by the sudden farewell to Kanda, we face that fact and take the responsibility of not being able to protect [The Kanda Family] seriously. At the same time as various reports have been made regarding the death of Kanda, we have received some concerns. We apologize for this situation. In addition, please refrain from posting articles related to the privacy of relatives and friends, excessive coverage, and unfounded slander on the Internet.“
Our deepest condolences go out to Sayaka’s family, friends, and fans during this difficult time. ?
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Source: Entertainment Weekly