This is shocking news indeed: few hours ago people at the Madhouse anime studio confirmed that legendary director Satoshi Kon has died. Satoshi Kon's death of pancreatic cancer was reported on August 24, 2010. His death came less than two months before his 47th birthday. As a fan of anime and animation in general, this lose is deeply felt. I'm sure it goes without saying that Satoshi Kon's influence will be immensely missed by anime fans around the world, and our thoughts go out to his friends and family with this tragic news.