Zero no Tsukaima’s author, Yamaguchi Noboru has passed away on the 4th of April 2013 after a 2 year battle with cancer. He was 41 years old. His death was announced on the the Media Factory website by MF Bunko J’s chief editor. The announcement caught many by surprise as he was still updating his tweeter account on the 31st of March.
Yamaguchi Noboru debuted as a writer in 2000 with Sneaker Bunko magazine. In 2004, Zero no Tsukaima started serialization in the MF Bunko magazine. It was to be his most successful work. Zero no Tsukaima spans 20 volumes with another 5 volumes of side stories. It has been adapted into 4 seasons of anime, the last of which was Zero no Tsukaima F which aired in January 2012.
In July 2011, he announced on the Media Factory website that he was diagnosed with cancer following a check up done in February of that year. It was deemed inoperable at the time of diagnosis but by August of that year an operation was done after it was found that conditions had improved. He had tweeted the success of the operation at that time.
His funeral was held on the 10th of April 2013.