Talent management agency Haikyo announced this on Monday: voice actor Kiyoshi Kobayashi died on July 30 due to pneumonia. He was 89. Kobayashi’s family held a private funeral. Haikyo added that it will announce more details about a public service at a later date.
Kobayashi announced last September that he was stepping down from his longstanding and iconic role as Daisuk Jigen in the Lupine III franchise after 52 years (Akio Ohtsuka replaced him in the role for the Lupine the 3rd part 6 animation). Kobayashi had voiced the character since 1969 and was the only surviving original first-generation cast member in the Lupine III franchise just before his retirement from the role.
Kobayashi also voiced the titular We will in the Yokai Ningen Bem series, and the calculating statesman Adrian Rubinsky in the 1988 The Legend of the Galactic Heroes OVA series. Some of his other roles include Crystal Bowie in Space Adventure CobraAguille Delaz and the Narrator in Mobile suit Gundam 0083: Stardust MemoryAvdol in the 1993 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure OVAand Watari in Obituary.
Sources: Haikyo, Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web via Hachima Kikō