Illustrator Noriyoshi Ohrai has passed away

Earlier today, Japanese illustrator Noriyoshi Ohrai passed away at Miyazaki Prefecture Kunitomi hospital at age 79. Among Metal Gear fans he is known for his impressive artworks for the series, which can be seen on promotional items but also in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots itself, where they decorate the walls of the Eastern European church during Act 3 of the game.

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Ohrai’s framed artwork hanging on the walls of the church in MGS4.

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An artwork by Ohrai is featured on the inside of the lid of Portable Ops’ KonamiStyle Premium Pack.

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His artworks in the Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater Premium Package book.

Kojima had this to say about the artist:

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Source: Sankei, via CGM

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