Writer Daisuke Sato died on March 22 from coronary artery disease. He was 52.
Illustrated by Shoji Sato and written by Sato, Highschool of the Dead debuted in 2006 and was turned into an anime series in 2010.
Besides Highschool of the Dead, Sato was known for the manga series Imperial Guards as well as the alternative history novel Red Sun Black Cross in which the Japanese battled the Germans.
According to Biglobe News, a funeral service was held by his family. May he rest in peace.