Voice actress Jenya reported on her official Twitter account that singer Origa passed away on Saturday, due to lung cancer. She was 44 years old.

Russian-born Origa first came to Japan in 1991 on a home-stay program, and made her major debut in Japan in 1995 under the EMI Music Japan label. Origa has released seven solo albums, two mini-albums, and 3 singles. She gained popularity outside of Japan with the release of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and the subsequent original soundtracks, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex O.S.T. and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex O.S.T. 2. She’s widely known for the two opening themes Inner Universe and Rise for the TV anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and its sequel, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG.

She also performed the hymn singing voice for the character Kanon in Gust and KOEI Tecmo Games’ Ar nosurge PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita video game, which shipped in Japan last year.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex opening theme Inner Universe by Origa:

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG opening theme Rise by Origa:

Fantastic Children‘s ending theme Mizu no Madoromi by Origa:

Arete Hime’s opening theme song Красно Солнце (Krasno Solntse) by Origa:

Source: ANN, Otakomu