Manga artist Sakura Momoko, who is known for 'Chibi Maruko-chan,' passed away on August 15 due to breast cancer. She was 53 years old.
In an announcement by Sakura Production on August 27, they reported, "On August 15, 2018 at 8:29 pm, Sakura Momoko passed away due to breast cancer. With sincere gratitude to all of the fans that gave her their warm support over the years, and to all of the persons involved, we would like to make this announcement here."
Sakura made her debut as a manga artist in 1984. At the time of her 30th anniversary, she had commented, "Many good and bad things have happened over the past 30 years, but as a manga artist, everyday is full of happiness. I am only grateful."