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Anisong Performer Kouji Wada Dies at 42

by tsubasalover
Apr 8, 2016 10:51 AM | 71 Comments
The official website announced that anisong performer Kouji Wada has passed away on the morning of April 3 at the age of 42. His family announced that his cause of death was cancer in his upper pharynx and has already conducted a private funeral. Wada's former agency, Solid Vox, will hold a public service for his fans later in April.

Wada was first diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and he had recovered in 2005. The cancer reoccurred in 2011 and spread to his lymph nodes. In October 2013, after a 2-year hiatus, Kouji Wada returned to work after treating the cancer.

Wada debuted in 1999 when he first sang Butter-Fly, the theme song for Digimon Adventure. He continued to perform theme songs for the Digimon franchise and recently remastered his theme songs for Digimon Adventure tri. before passing away.

Source: Official site

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20 of 71 Comments Recent Comments

I won't forget your song from Digimon Xros War, ever. You're obe of my all time favorite Japanese singer and always will. 😭

Oct 19, 2020 8:22 AM by 28012001

I will never forget your unique sweet lovely voice nor the moment I first heard it.
Rest in peace our dearest Wada Kouji san.
When I heard of your passing away it was like losing the dearest of friends! You left a very big hole in my heart.
May your soul rest in peace forever! <3

Jul 20, 2017 2:56 PM by Eiko-tan

Holy fuck, my childhood songs. RIPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

May 8, 2016 11:06 PM by Asphodelus

That's sad :(
We're The Xros Heart (especially the X7 version) is one of my fav songs, ever...
Rest in peace ;_;

Apr 20, 2016 9:17 AM by PrincessZero

Didnt even knew his name, but this song is special since it is something really meaningfull from my childhood, so it is like I link that existed but you didnt knew until the news came... seriously F@CK CANCER!! It is enough already, I had meaningfull ones close to me dying because of this shit! And I m sure it is one of the diseases most people could related to having lost their loved ones! Damm it...

Apr 11, 2016 2:41 PM by Playcool

Rest in Peace, we will miss you :C

Apr 10, 2016 11:39 AM by Lyix

RIP. :( really love the theme song for Digimon

Apr 10, 2016 11:18 AM by Kensai-Serazu

Rest in peace, Kouji Wada. I thank you for the wonderful childhood you have gave me through your songs especially "Butterfly".

This is my cover of Butterfly dedicated for you :'(

Apr 10, 2016 8:48 AM by Shiomai

Rest in Peace! :'(

Apr 10, 2016 7:45 AM by MistButterfly

Sad news. Rest in peace :(

Apr 10, 2016 7:07 AM by FireHeart

I've a hard time to believe it.
So many memories with your song. Butter-fly was probably one of my first anime song.

Now i want to hear "An endless tale".... :(

Apr 9, 2016 9:18 PM by ryshin

Ouch, what a shame.

Apr 9, 2016 5:35 PM by SinDeLuXe

Wow... Rest in Peace.

One of the reasons I will never forget Digimon is his song.

Apr 9, 2016 2:31 PM by Zhuyo

Such a shame, and he was young as well

Apr 9, 2016 12:22 PM by Nightwing

So sad ;-;
Rest in peace~~

Apr 9, 2016 10:16 AM by lilimizz07

This is way too sad ffs. Butterfly is one of my most played songs in my phone, not even kidding.

Apr 9, 2016 10:06 AM by FlameWingman21

Rest in peace. You were too young... :(

Apr 9, 2016 9:36 AM by Nintendofan204

Awwwwww ;-; RIP. He was so young.

Apr 9, 2016 7:48 AM by MaahHeim

rip i hope he had a a fun life

Apr 9, 2016 5:26 AM by danielamaghini

Love you... :( R.I.P. :(

Apr 9, 2016 2:09 AM by sevki

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