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Gackt Reveals Neurological Disorder, Goes on Indefinite Hiatus

Legendary singer Gackt is going into indefinite hiatus, stopping all entertainment-related work due to a neurological voice disorder.

By Iyane Agossah

September 7, 2021

Singer Gackt (48) announced on September 8 he plans to suspend his entertainment activities and go on hiatus, due to Dysphonia, a neurological voice disorder.

Gackt’s Japanese office agent most notably mentioned the legendary music artist was in life-threatening condition until recently.

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Gackt’s office: “His condition is stable now”

According to his Japanese office’s agent, Gackt was in Cyprus Island from a certain time for work, till August 6. Soon after going back home (Gackt primarily lives in Malaysia), he felt particularly sick, with his condition gradually worsening.

“Gackt was in a life-threatening situation due to a nervous system disease he had since his youth. He was in bad shape for several weeks and lost about 10 Kg. Now, his condition is stable,” the office reported.

Besides this nervous system-related chronic illness, Gackt also has Dysphonia, a neurological voice disorder that affects the voice muscles in the larynx, causing them to spasm. For now, the doctors decided it’s impossible for him to continue his work, hence why Gackt is going into indefinite hiatus. Right now he’s receiving medical treatment at home.

Gackt was currently filming for the movie Tonde Saitama 2, where he co-stars with Fumi Nikaido. The movie’s distributor, Toei, stated it’s waiting for Gackt’s recovery and will keep shooting then, rather than replacing him.

Who is Gackt? Quick intro of one of Japan’s biggest stars

Gackt was born on July 4, 1973, in Okinawa Prefecture. He started his solo activities as a music artist in 1999 and started an acting career as well in 2003 with the movie “MOON CHILD”, co-tarring with L’Arc-en-Ciel’s hyde. (Who recently handled the OP of Blue Protocol).

Gackt is also an anime and game otaku, and had several characters modeled after him. The most popular example is Genesis in Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII, but we can also cite the protagonist of Bujingai, an action game on PS2 developed by Taito and Red Entertainment (Sakura Taisen).

Gackt is still as popular as ever, as he was literally the most tweeted about person of 2020. Thanks to his Halloween cosplay of Muzan from Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba. Gackt also shared an acapella cover of Homura, the ED theme of Mugen Train, on YouTube.

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Iyane Agossah
@A_iyane07

Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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