Sources: Anime News Network, Daily Sports, Otakomu
Tamio Ohki, who voiced Dr Tenma in the 1980 series of Astro Boy, passed away on December 14 at the age of 89. His cause of death is unknown, but he was being treated for an unspecified illness at the time of his death.
He also had a couple other roles in the 1980 series of Astro Boy (narrator in Episode 25, Gore in Episode 27), a role in the Astro Boy movie Shinsen-gumi (Dr Rossu), and had a few other voice roles in Tezuka related works, including the 2004 series of Black Jack, Black Jack 21, and Phoenix.
Anime News Network wrote:Voice Actor Tamio Ohki Passes Away at 89
Voice of Ghost in the Shell's Aramaki, planetarian's Hoshi no Hito
Voice acting agency Mausu Promotion announced on Tuesday that voice actor Tamio Ohki passed away on December 14 while being treated for an unspecified illness. He was 89.
Ohki is perhaps best known for voicing Chief Aramaki in both of Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence films. He made his debut in voice acting in anime with the 1968 Kyojin no Hoshi series, voicing the character Shigeru Suzuhara.
Since then, Ohki has been prolific in many anime productions, with major roles in such shows as A Dog of Flanders (Cozets), Voltes V (Professor Sakunji), Daimos (General Miwa), New Gigantor (Dr. Franken), Gunbuster (Captain Tatsumi Tashiro), The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Innocentis VII, Narrator), Eureka Seven (Ken-Goh), Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc (Nenji Kashiwazaki), Wolf Children (Yamaoka), JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (Tompetty), Hal (Tokio), and Black Bullet (Kikunojō Tendō). He most recently voiced the titular Hoshi no Hito from the planetarian: Hoshi no Hito anime.
He is also known for providing the Japanese dub voice for the character of Professor X in the X-Men films, and Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.