One of the most recognizable voices in the Dragon Ballseries tragically passed away on November 16. According to reports in Japan, Hiromi Tsuru was found dead in her car along the Shuto Expressway in Tokyo. There were no signs of trauma nor was there any damage to her car. Tsuru was wearing her seatbelt and her car’s hazard lights were on. Sankei News reports that Tsuru died from aortic dissection. It had initially been reported in Japan that Tsuru had died from some kind of illness. Officials had said that Tsuru had told friends she had not been feeling well in the days leading up to her death.
You can watch the Japanese news report on her death here:
Tsuru was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. Tsuru was 57 years old. Despite a large body of voice acting work, Tsuru will be best remembered for her role as Bulma in Dragon Ball. Tsuru performed the role for 31 years.
According to Mayo Clinic, an aortic dissection is a tear in the inner layer of the large blood vessel branching off the heart. The condition is deemed “relatively uncommon” and normally effects men who are in their 60s and 70s.
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Tsuru’s role in Dragon Ball is her most celebrated work. She was also the voice of Naomi Hunter in the Metal Gear Solid video game series. In 2017, Tsuru voiced the character of Tiffany in the Chucky vs. Leprechaun TV movie, according to her IMDb page. In Dragon Ball, Tsuru also voiced the character of Child Piccolo Jr. Tsuru was the Japanese version of Penny in the Inspector Gadget cartoons.
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In an interview, Tsuru said she was inspired to go into voice acting after watching Roman Holiday in high school. Tsuru said that the voice dubbing of Audrey Hepburn’s character by Masako Ikeda, describing it as “perfect.”
Ikeda and Tsuru would later work together on The Story of Perrine. It was when Tsuru got that role that she decided to forego her plans to attend college in the United States. Tsuru was born and graduated high school in Kanagawa, Japan.
Tsuru was previously married to fellow Japanese voice actor Keiichi Nanba in 1986, the same year she began in Dragon Ball, though the marriage ended in divorce.