According to the announcement made yesterday on the official website of Media Factory, Noboru Yamaguchi (ヤマグチノボル), the author of Japanese light novel Zero no Tsukaima (ゼロの使い魔) passed away on April 4 after battling with cancer for two years at the age of 41. We talked about Mr. Yamaguchi’s condition a lot two years ago when he was first to undergo surgery. For the light novel, Mr. Yamaguchi had planned a total of 22 volumes which was supposed to ended in 2012. However, the last volume published was volume 20 back in February 2011. The story ended in no way that can be resumed. However, Mr. Yamaguchi seemed to already learned about his fate and had contributed directly to the script of the the final season of the TV Anime adaptation ended last year in 2012. The TV Anime may not be ended in a way that the original light novel was planned, but it could be something very similar.
Personally, it was a shock to me. I’ve been following the light novel for a long time, as well as the condition of Mr. Yamaguchi. We’ve been missing lots of talents these days. First we had Takahiro Yamato (山門敬弘), the author of Kaze no Stigma (風の聖痕) passed away in September 2009. Lots of fans missed the author, including me who love the light novel. Then we had Akinari Matsuno (松野秋鳴), the author of MM! passed away in April 2011, leaving fans crying. May all rest in peace.
Source: Media Factory