Illness Became Namco Pixel Artist Hiroshi Ono’s Cause of Death

Illness Became Namco Pixel Artist Hiroshi Ono's Cause of Death

Official sources have partly clarified legendary Namco graphic designer Hiroshi Ono’s cause of death soon after the artist, well-known as Mr. Dotman, passed away on Sarurday (October 16, 2021) at the age of 64. May he rest in power.

The shocking news was first announced by his official Twitter account, sharing a statement, writing that he lost his life two days ago and breathed his last in a hospital.

Ono entered the Namco group in 1979, just as the company started an amazing era in arcade games. He produced some of gaming’s most famous sprites during his time there.

Japanese games didn’t use to give staff credit roles, so many of his most iconic works were uncredited at the time. Nevertheless, he served as a graphic designer on several games, including Dig Dug, Xevious, Pac-Man, Galaga, Mappy, Pole Position, and many more.

He additionally created arcade game cabinets and marquees. His skills for building sprites were immediately recognized when he was working in Namco.

Once Galaga creator Shigeru Yokoyama was asked about the game’s sprites, he answered, “They were actually drawn by Hiroshi Ono, a designer who, from Galaga onwards, became famous for drawing these kinds of sprites. He became known as ‘Mr. Dotman,’ an authority on pixel design, but these characters were the first he made.”

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A Short Illness Reported as Hiroshi Ono’s Cause of Death

Although no official report said about Hiroshi Ono’s cause of death, some claim he lost his life following COVID-19 infections, and others believe he was suffering from autoimmune hepatitis.

However, US day News does not confirm any rumors; our team is trying to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible. Nevertheless, family privacy should be respected at this difficult time.

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Hiroshi continued his cooperation with Namco even after it joined with Bandai. In 2013, he left the company and went freelance. Mr. Dotman is the name of a documentary about his profession and his health struggle. The crowd-funded project has now been completely funded, raising more than $42,000.

Hiroshi Ono tried to define an era of gaming with excellent art and designs. If you are a video games lover, no doubt you’ve come across his iconic and famous works through the years.

Reactions To Death of Mr. Dotman

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts; however, fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Soon after the heartbreaking news was released, many of Mr. Dotman’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:

Someone wrote, “Sad to hear of the passing of Hiroshi Ono, one of the great artists at Namco, co-responsible for the Puckman marquee design back in 1980. He was an interviewee for our Pac-Man book, honored to have spoken with him. RIP Mr. Dotman.”

Another said, “Former Namco dot artist Hiroshi Ono, also known by the nickname “Mr. Dotman,” has died. The designer worked on classic arcade games from Namco, including Pac-Man and Galaga. Ono died on October 16, 2021, after a long battle with autoimmune hepatitis. He was 64 years old.”

A fan also tweeted, “Seeing the world lose an iconic pixel artist really hits me in the guts, I have enjoyed this man’s pixel art throughout my entire lifetime, and I will continue to enjoy it for the ages to come.”


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