Hiromi Tsuru, Bulma’s voice actress, has passed away

By on November 17, 2017 at 8:30 am
DBFZ Bulma

In the wake of other sad news, it seems that Dragon Ball fans have just been hit with even more tragic news. Hiromi Tsuru, the voice actress behind the voice of Bulma for the show’s entire run, has pass away.

Tsuru, age 57, was found unconscious inside her car along the Shuto Expressway in Tokyo. The car was stopped, and the actress was found strapped in with her seatbelt on. She was immediately brought to the hospital, however she was eventually pronounced dead.

No external wounds or signs of trauma were found on her. The official cause of death is said have been an aortic rupture — a rare occurrence, but lethal nonetheless.

As the voice of Bulma, Tsuru was involved in Bandai Namco’s upcoming fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ, which — unless she has already recorded some lines for later episodes of the TV show Dragon Ball Super, now seems to be her last work. Interestingly enough, this isn’t her first fighting game with Namco, back in the ’90s, she also voiced Julia Chang in Tekken 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament. Her other fighting game work includes voicing Ukyo Kuonji in Ranma: Bakuretsu Rantō-Hen and Ranma 1/2: Chougi Rambuhen for the Super Famicom in Japan.

Sources: Asahi NewsEsuteru via @GHennequin

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