Haruo Nakajima: January 1, 1929 – August 7, 2017

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From Celebrity Icons, "It is with overwhelming sadness we report that Haruo Nakajima has passed away on August 7, 2017 at the age of 88. More than anything else, he loved to meet and spend time with his fans, and we are very fortunate to have so many wonderful memories of those times when he visited with all of us. Our deepest condolences to his dear daughter, Sonoe Nakajima."

Personal message from GForever:
Today is a sad day as I woke up learn that my childhood hero has left this earth. My prayers go out to Sonoe and her family during this difficult time.

To my only hero, Haruo Nakajima (Godzilla), I am grateful to have met you three times and being able to share many memories in my life from the movies to the conventions which lead to friendships across the globe. You have always enjoyed meeting your fans and the last time we met was in my hometown in Boston where I had the privilege to be your "Minya" at the Hynes Convention Center. Without you, I wouldn't be the person I am today. I have always looked up to you. You kept me living, fighting, and striving to be the best that I can, going up against all odds and never giving up. Thank you for being my God, my hero, and a good friend. You will be missed dearly. May you rest in peace knowing your legacy will continue to live on. GODZILLA FOREVER!