Russian singer Ol’ga Vital’evna Yakovleva, better know to fans as Origa, died over the weekend of lung cancer. Origa rose to fame among anime fans with the soundtrack albums from Ghost in the Shell, which were written by Origa’s long-time friend, composer Yoko Kanno.
Origa was born in Novosibirsk, Russia, and completed music school there in 1990. She went to Japan in 1991 on a home-stay program, and found her career in Japan. In addition to her work in Ghost in the Shell, she took part in the fundraiser single recording for the Kobe earthquake, and recorded a total of seven solo albums, two mini-albums, and three singles in Russian, Japanese, Latin, and English over the course of her career.
Origa also contributed the vocals to Final Fantasy XIII-2; her voice appears in the first area of New Bodhum, the Historia Crux menu, and other songs within the game. Most recently, Origa’s vocals were featured in the AR Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star game, singing hymns that play throughout the game.
Shocked fans took to the internet to remember Origa, her haunting voice, and amazing music following the announcement of her untimely death. Origa was just 44 years old.