Legendary Filmmaker Dies From Possible Heart Condition

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April 06, 2018

One of the most beloved film makers passed away at 82 years old last month, although the information was not released until recently. Isao Takahata was a co-founder of Studio Ghibli which produced some of America’s best known Anime films such as “Grave of the Fireflies,” “The Tales of the Princess Kaguya,” and “Only Yesterday.”

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The final piece he would ever work on was 2016's The Red Turtle which he worked on as a producer. Working with his co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki, who was the better known of the pair, they produced beloved films such as “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” and “Castle In The Sky.”

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Their work was responsible for helping shape the childhoods of countless children all around the world, who fell in love with the wonderful films. In fact, their films were so influential that some were distributed in the United States of America by Disney!

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The pair started working together in 1959, and with their dedication, Studio Ghibli has become the most successful anime producer in Japan. When they named their company, they named it after the Italian noun, "ghibli" wich was the Libyan-Arabic name for the hot, desert wind. They hoped that their studio would "blow a new wind through the anime industry" and it seems they achieved exactly that. Their 2011 film, “Spirited Away,” grossed just shy of $275 million around the world when it was released. 

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Born in Ujiyamada, Mie, Japan on October 29, 1935, he later went on to take French Literature courses at the University of Tokyo before graduating in 1959. From there, he launched into his career as an Anime film director and he quickly became a rising star. 

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Although no official cause of death has been released in this case, there are two widely believed theories. Fans who followed him state that he had been suffering from a heart condition for years and many believe that is what finally took his life. Others believe he passed away from Lung Cancer. Unless the family decides to come out and make an official announcement, it is likely that we will never truly know what took his life. 

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No matter the cause of his death, the loss of this influential filmmaker is sure to be felt for years to come in the industry. Please, remember to keep his family and friends in your prayers tonight as they face this monumental loss. Maybe take the time to watch one of his beloved films with your family to honor his wonderful work. 

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