After a battle with a brain tumor and partial paralysis, Michiyuki Kawashima, the lead singer for the J-rock band, Boom Boom Satellites, has passed away last Sunday, 9 October 2016.
A funeral service will be held for family and close friends, while a memorial event will be held by the band’s staff. The band’s bassist, Masayuki Nakano (pictured left, with Kawashima on the right), released this statement:
At 5:12am on October 9th, BOOM BOOM SATELLITES‘s vocalist Michiyuki Kawashima set off on the next stage of his journey. I imagine he is soaring around the world, finally freed from the restrictions of his body. His passing is not a tragedy, but the achievement of a lifetime goal and a happy ending. The love of our many fans supported Michiyuki Kawashima and BOOM BOOM SATELLITES on their journey, and we are truly happy and lucky because of you. On behalf of Michiyuki Kawashima, I would like to thank all our fans and colleagues again.
“Thank you for supporting us up until now. Live your lives with passion and energy and keep the music we made, the time we spent together, and the memories we shared close to you.”
“One more thing, we are BOOM BOOM SATELLITES!!”
Because of his brain tumor, Kawashima suffered his fourth relapse, which then lead to his partial paralysis. Because of his worsening condition, the band was forced to cancel concerts for their tour in Osaka and Tokyo.
The band’s final song, “Lay Your Hands On Me”, served as the OP theme song for Studio Trigger’s Kiznaiver TV anime. They also performed theme songs for Xam’d: Lost Memories, Mobile Suit Gundam UC, Ninja Slayer From Animation, as well as Appleseed and Vexille – 2077 Isolation of Japan.
We send our condolences to the family and friends of Michiyuki Kawashima. Thank you for the wonderful music, and may you rest in peace.