Japanese voice actor Hirakawa Daisuke, aged 50, surprised fans when he announced on social media that he has been hospitalized due to sudden sensorineural hearing loss, a condition that necessitates him to take a rest from his work for an indeterminate period of time.
Hirakawa revealed that a few days ago he noticed something was amiss with his ear. A consultation with his doctor confirmed the unfortunate diagnosis of Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss. This condition will require medical treatment as well as ample time for rest. Hence, he is now undergoing treatment in the hospital as per the doctor's instruction.
Hirakawa has expressed his sincere apologies to his fans as well as connected parties for the abrupt cancellation of his upcoming engagements and also for causing them undue concern over his health.
A well-known personality in the voice acting industry, Hirakawa has lent his talent to bring to life numerous animated characters over the years. Some of his most recognisable roles include Ito Makoto in 'School Days', Ryugazaki Rei in 'Free!', and Kakyoin Noriaki in 'Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders'. He's also distinctly remembered for his portrayal of Enmu in 'Demon Slayer'. Moreover, Hirakawa's work is not limited to anime as he can also be heard in numerous movies performing dubbing roles.