Anpanman creator Takashi Yanase died of heart failure at a Tokyo hotel last October 13, 2013.
Yanase worked for a newspaper company and Mitsukoshi department store before he became a manga artist. His picture book series Anpanman debuted in 1973 and later made into an anime in 1988, which is still airing in Japan. The anime series became one of the popular anime series amongst young children, not only in Japan, but overseas as well.
He died at the age of 94.
via Kyodo News, ANN