Well, absolutely nothing funny about this one. Fresh from her twitter feed, we now find out that Eiko Shimamiya, the vocal trainer who brought KOTOKO, Mami Kawada and Kaori Utatsuki into I’ve, and beloved “older sister” of the group had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer on May 10th.
Thyroid cancer is treatable, be it through surgery or radiation therapy, and has quite high survival rates, amongst cancers. According to one source, 95% of all diagnosed patients find themselves ‘cured’ of the disease, but statistics aside, this is still a distressing development.
Eiko’s “Perfect World Live Tour”, originally scheduled to begin later this month, has, appropriately, been cancelled, with a video message from Shimamiya made available on the tour’s website. Further news on this will be reported as it comes to light.