[Image: Konami via The Rumble Roses Wikia]

While in his twenties, artist Shiro Kotobuki was in a traffic accident, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. He didn’t let that stop him and went on to become a successful character designer and artist. Sadly, Kotobuki, whose real name was Hiroshi Kobayashi, passed away yesterday.

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Kotobuki began painting as a part of his rehabilitation process and designed characters for Rumble Roses and Rumble Roses XX. He continued to remain active and working well on into 2016.

[Image: Facebook]

According to Yahoo! News Japan, a relative posted a message on his Facebook page stating that he suddenly died yesterday morning. Details regarding his funeral service will be made public as soon as those arrangements are made.

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Kotobuki held his digital art brush between his teeth while creating. You can see him at work in the clip below:

Here is a sample of some of his work.

[Image: Facebook]
[Image: Facebook]
[Image: Facebook]
[Image: Facebook]

May he rest in peace.

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