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Kenichi Morozumi, voice actor of Dragunov in the Tekken series, has passed away at 67

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • November 19, 2022 at 6:20 p.m. PST • Comments: 9

Yen Planning recently announced that their actor Kenichi Morozumi has unfortunately passed away at the age of 67 years old.

Most in the fighting game community will recognize Morozumi as the voice actor for Sergei Dragunov in the Tekken series, who performed the role since the character's introduction 17 years ago.

Although it is reported that Morozumi died on September 1, 2022 due to ischemic heart failure, it appears that reports of his passing are just now making their way outside of Japan.

Morozumi's first passion in the arts was that of stage performance and theater since 1979, but he also took part in voice acting roles beginning in the '80s.

Fighting game fans were first introduced to the actor all the way back in 2005 with Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection serving as the first appearance of Dragunov, and he'd remained the voice of the Russian fighter through Tekken 7.

With Tekken 8 currently in development and planned for release in 2023, it's unknown if if Morozumi had already recorded lines for Dragunov and reprise his role one final time — although Sergei's never really been much of a talkative guy in general.

This isn't the first loss of a Tekken actor in recent years, as Unsho Ishizuka, who served as the voice of Heihachi Mishima since Tekken Tag Tournament 2, previously passed away in 2018.

Morozumi had also voice acted in various anime and film as well including Kiyoshi Yoshioka in Gantz, Takahashi in Monster, Fujiwara in Black Lagoon, Arthur in Soul Eater and Goodman in Terra Formars.

Our thoughts go out to Morozumi's family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time, and his work will be immortalized as the deadly serpent of Tekken.

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