Goro Naya voice of Lupin the 3rd’s Zenigata passes away

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Legendary voice actor Goro Naya most famously known for playing Inspector Zenigata on the timeless Lupin the 3rd anime series for more than 40 years has tragically passed away due to chronic respiratory failure. He age 83 at the time of his passing on March 5th, 2013.

Goro Naya leaves behind a legacy that included roles in Space Battleship Yamato, Golgo 13, Kamen Rider, One Piece an of course Lupin the 3rd. These are of course just a few series that he graced with his voice acting talent, with his career spanning more than 60 years.

He is survived by his wife, voice actress Kachiko Hino. Before his death Goro Naya passed the proverbial torch to Kouichi Yamadera his successor as the voice of Inspector Zenigata (seen in Lupin the 3rd: A Woman Called Mine Fujiko). His final work was playing Zenigata in Lupin Ikka Seizoroi a reunion special that brought back the original cast of Lupin the 3rd.

Goro Naya will be missed by his fans around the world and his legacy will not be forgotten.

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