Manga writer & creator Daisuke Sato passed away on March 22, 2017 due to ischemic heart disease at the age of 52. It's reported that the immediate family have already held a funeral service and that his younger sister Yuuko Shinmyo was the chief mourner.
Sato's works included the High School of the Dead (Highschool of the Dead in Japan) manga with artist Shoji Sato and the Imperial Guards manga with artist Yu Ito. High School of the Dead went on hiatus from 2008 to 2010 but then went on a extended hiatus on March 2011, only to release a new chapter in April 2013. High School of the Dead is now currently left unfinished.