Ryuichi Sakamoto, pioneering musician, experimental composer and actor, has died at the age of 71 after a cancer recurrence.
- Sakamoto passed away on March 28 after announcing that he would be diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2021
- He rose to prominence as part of the Japanese Trio Yellow Magic Orchestra
- Sakamoto went on to become a respected composer and actor
Ryuichi Sakamoto, famous composer and former member of the Yellow Magic Orchestra, has died at the age of 71.
He left behind an extensive number one that includes rock and pop classics with his Yellow Magic Orchestra – which also included Haruomi Hosono and the late Yukihiro Takahasi – as well as several film scores for major acts including Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor and The Revenant. .
Sakamoto died on Tuesday, March 28, although his death was not announced until Sunday website.
In 2021, the Japanese artist revealed that he had been diagnosed with rectal cancer and had undergone surgery to treat it.
While undergoing treatment for cancer that was discovered in June 2020, Sakamoto continued to create work in his studio whenever his health allowed. He lived with music until the very end,” the statement read, before revealing that a funeral had already been held for his close family members.
Musical giant: Ryuichi Sakamoto, legendary Japanese composer, electronic musician and occasional actor, died on March 28 of cancer, his website revealed Sunday. Seen in 2018 in Berlin
In front of the camera: Sakamoto has established himself as a master of film scores for films including The Last Emperor, The Revenant and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (pictured), which he also stars (L) with friend David Bowie (R)