Tomoko Kawakami, the voice of fan favorite Rockman EXE character Princess Pride, passed away on Thursday, June 9th. She was 41.
Kawakami was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the summer of 2008, a condition that led to her hospitalization. Thereafter, she began treatment, a process that forced her to take a leave of absence during production of "Ikoku Irokoi Romantan." The role was relinquished to fellow voice actress Yuki Kaida.
Making her splash in the VA business in 1994, Kawakami will be remembered for her lead role in the Japanese version of Revolutionary Girl Utena, Sgt. Frog, Air, and a number of other roles. Fans of the Rockman EXE anime series will no doubt recall her angelic performance as Knight Man.EXE's operator, Princess Pride. The role would carry her through the majority of EXE's run, all the way up to the program's final season, Rockman EXE: Beast.
I send my deepest condolences to her family. She will be missed.
Source: Anime News Network (Thanks, BassDS)