|Above, Haruo Nakajima on the set of Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster. Toho Co., Ltd.|
Celebrity Icons reported on their Facebook page that the original Godzilla, Haruo Nakajima, passed away today at age 88.
I searched around on the Internet to confirm this sad news and have found nothing that corroborates it.
Nevertheless, I sent the following message to his daughter Sonoe:
I just learned the sad news on the passing of your father. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for you and your family.
Your father was a true gentleman who was loved by his fans and especially those who got to know him. I will always cherish my times with him and you. Despite language barriers, his great sense of humor shined through. We all should be grateful that he lived a good and active life. We should all be as lucky. His work will live on.
Again, my heartfelt sympathies to you and your family.
|Above, Haruo Nakajima and Armand at the Mad Monster Party. Photo by Jeff Blanken.|
Hopefully, we will find that the news of Haruo Nakajima's passing to be in error. If the news is indeed true, his passing is a big loss.
More websites are beginning to report on the passing of Haruo Nakajima.
The Associated Press reported that the cause of death was due to pneumonia, citing Sonoe Nakajima as their source.