Dragon Ball Super has proven that despite animation flaws, it’s still one of the hottest franchises in the world. However, some sad news befalls the franchise, as Bulma’s own seiyuu, Hiromi Tsuru, has passed away. She was 57.

According to police, they found her unconscious inside her own car along Shuto Expressway in Tokyo. They immediately rushed the seiyuu to the hospital, however, the doctors announced her dead on arrival. Her autopsy report claimed that she passed away due to aortic dissection. Her family will be holding funeral services for the renowned seiyuu, who voiced Bulma in the Dragon Ball franchise.

But as fans mourn her sudden loss, anime staff are now also scrambling to fill some roles she left behind. Of course, this includes Dragon Ball Super, as well as the upcoming Anpanman TV special where she voices Dokin-chan. Her other roles include Ukyo Kuonji in Ranma 1/2, as well as Sachiko Nishio in Touch, and Asuna Kujo in Maison Ikkoku.

She has voiced a lot of classic anime characters, and her loss is a big blow to the anime industry. We will forever etch her in our memories. We here at WOW Japan send our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues. May she rest in peace.

Source: Oricon