Veteran actor Ren Osugi has passed away from sudden heart failure. Osugi starred in last year’s Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light TV drama, which told the story of a father and son’s relationship in Final Fantasy XIV.

Osugi was a highly respected and versatile actor in Japan. He appeared in Beat Takeshi films, such as Hana-bi and last year’s Outrage Coda as well as in Takashi Miike’s Dead or Alive movies and Audition, among many other movies, TV dramas and stage productions.

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Osugi was 66 years old. May he rest in peace.


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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.

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