Unshō Ishizuka, the Japanese voice of Tekken's Heihachi, Dragon Ball's Hercule and Pokemon's Professor Oak has passed away

Also voiced Blanka in the Street Fighter 2 1994 animated film

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 17, 2018 at 7:28 a.m. PDT

It's hard to wake up to this kind of news. Japanese voice actor Unshō Ishizuka has died as a result of esophageal cancer at the age of 67.

Ishizuka was the voice behind Tekken's Heihachi Mishima starting back in 2011 for Tekken Tag 2 and also acted as Professor Oak of Pokemon, Hercule (Mr. Satan) of Dragon Ball Super and had roles in Naruto and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

His deep and powerful vocals often led to Ishizuka being cast as older men and you can see a full list of his iconic roles right here.

Though he never actually made it into any of the Street Fighter games, you can hear Ishizuka in the 1994 animated Street Fighter 2 film as Blanka.

The official Tekken Twitter payed their respects to the actor a few hours ago, stating, "Unsho Ishizuka, the voice of Heihachi Mishima, has passed away. Rest in peace, great warrior." We'd like to issue a thank you to the iconic actor for his years of service in the anime and gaming industry. He will be missed by many.

Thank you to WaifuFightersII and an anonymous tipper for sending this news our way.

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