Composer Riichiro Manabe passed away January 29th 2015. Cause of death is currently unknown and information will be updated as it comes.
Manabe was born in Tokyo, Japan, November 9th, 1924. He studied music with Akira Ifukube and, like Ifukube, was inaugurated into the tokusatsu genre early on. Manabe would score two of the Super Giant serials, before moving to horror and science fiction fare.
Toho's The Militarists is often considered his best work. In 1971 the film's theme was retooled for Manabe's Godzilla motif in Godzilla vs. Hedorah. He would reprise this theme yet again in 1973's Godzilla vs. Megalon.
By the 1980s he fazed out of film composing and went into teaching music composition. His health deteriorated in recent years and he spent his last days at a retirement home in Yugawara, Kanagawa. He was 90 years old.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.
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