Manga author and illustrator Ai Morinaga
died in the early morning on August 2 due to undisclosed health problems. Kodansha's monthly Bessatsu Friend
announced the news yesterday with an obituary on their website expressing condolences and celebrating Morinaga's life (excerpt below):
We would like to express our deep appreciation to Morinaga-sensei for creating many wonderful works, and sincerely hope that her work will continue to be read for a long time.
May she rest in peace.
Morinaga's professional career began in 1993, and took off in 1996 when her manga Yamada Tarou Monogatari
began serialization in monthly Asuka
magazine. Her most popular works include Boku to Kanojo no XXX
and Gokuraku Seishun Hockey Club
, published in Comic Avarus
and Bessatsu Friend, respectively. Her latest full-length work, Kirara no Hoshi
, was also published in Bessatsu Friend and concluded in February 2015.
Source: Comic Natalie