It is with a heavy heart that we share that Square Enix graphic designer Manabu Daishima has passed away, aged just 45 years old.
Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun reports that Daishima was involved in an accident at Izu Marine Park’s diving school which is situated off the coast of Shizuoka Prefecture. He lost consciousness, and was transported to hospital where he sadly passed away.
Daishima had a storied career at Square Enix, where he worked across Romancing SaGa, Secret of Mana, Parasite Eve, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IX, and Final Fantasy XII. He worked in roles such as monster design, field graphics, battle effects graphics, and background design.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Daishima’s friends and family at this sad time.[Thanks Kotaku]