Japanese playwright HISASHI INOUE has lost his battle with lung cancer at the age of 75.
Inoue passed away on Sunday (11Apr10), his family has confirmed.
His most prominent works include Tegusari Shinju (Handcuffed Double Suicide) and Chichi to Kuraseba (The Face of Jizo), which was adapted for the big screen in 2004.
He also provided the lyrics to the theme of beloved Japanese TV series Himitsu no Akko-chan (Akko's Secret).
Many ticket-holders couldn't get into the O2 Arena show on Tuesday night (September 19th) because they didn't bring photo ID to match their booking.
An album re-release, a new song and a documentary mark the singer's legacy this year.
The actor plays the titular hero in the forthcoming adaptation.