Ryuichi Sakamoto, the renowned Japanese musician, composer, and actor, passed away on April 1st, 2023, at the age of 71. His death was confirmed by his family.
Born on January 17th, 1952, in Tokyo, Sakamoto began his musical career in the late 1970s, when he co-founded the Yellow Magic Orchestra, one of the pioneering electronic music bands in Japan. He quickly established himself as a versatile and innovative musician, blending elements of rock, pop, classical, and traditional Japanese music in his compositions.
Over the years, Sakamoto collaborated with many artists from around the world, including David Bowie, Brian Wilson, Iggy Pop, and Alva Noto, to name a few. He also composed music for films, TV shows, and video games, winning numerous awards for his work, including an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Golden Globe.
Sakamoto was not only a prolific musician but also a passionate activist and advocate for environmental and social causes. He was involved in campaigns against nuclear power, deforestation, and climate change, and he supported various organizations working for human rights and animal welfare.
Sakamoto’s legacy as a musician and a humanitarian will be remembered and cherished by his fans and colleagues around the world. His innovative and eclectic style, his commitment to artistic and social causes, and his gentle and humble personality will continue to inspire generations to come.
He is survived by his wife, his two children, and his extended family. His memory will live on through his music, his activism, and his influence on the world.