Ken Morioka, originally of SOFT BALLET, passed away on June 3rd due to sudden heart failure. His brother updated his website and official accounts with the sad news. We’ve translated the information for you below:
I have something important to tell you, but I apologize that it has to be told to you like this.
Ken Morioka (aged 49) died on June 3rd, 2016 after experiencing heart failure.
His funeral has already been held, and included only family members.
We have nothing but gratitude towards the people who have supported him over the years.
In his place, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Furthermore, while we have not decided what form it will be in,
we would like to organize a farewell event for him.
We will notify you of the details when they are decided.
June 7th, 2017
Kei Morioka (Brother), Family representative
Ken Morioka has been involved in much more than SOFT BALLET throughout the years. He has been involved in his own solo activities since the early 1990’s. He has also collaborated with countless artists, including but not limited to BUCK-TICK and ZIZ. He has also been a member of KA.F.KA and minus(-). Ken made many friends and connections in the visual kei industry throughout his career, and his loss is felt by many.
minus(-) has canceled their upcoming activities for now, but plan to keep the show going after a short break. You can check their OHP for updates.
Source: Ken Morioka Official Facebook