Voice Actor Takeshi Aono Hospitalized
Anime News Network reports that 74-year-old voice actor Takeshi Aono has suffered a stroke following surgery for a aortic aneurysm. Mr. Aono is best known for his roles as Chibi Maruko-chan‘s Tomozô Sakura, Dragon Ball‘s Piccolo Daimaô and Kami, and One Piece‘s Dracule Mihawk.
Mr. Bin Shimada (known for his work as Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam‘s Paptimus Scirocco and Dragon Ball‘s Broli) has taken on Mr. Aono’s Chibi Maruko-chan role in the mean time. Fuji TV is also looking to cast stand-ins for Mr. Aono’s Dragon Ball and One Piece roles.