ZARD In February 1991, debuted as female vocalist Izumi Sakai’s solo project with “Good-bye my Loneliness”. Her clear, strong voice and straightforward lyrics have grasped the hearts of many listeners worldwide. The songs, “Makenaide”, “Yureru Omoi”, and “Eien” are just a few among the many hits released by her.
In May 2007, however, while fighting cancer, fell down the stairs of the hospital and died at the age of 40.
Even after Saikai’s death, her songs have continued to be cherished by many listeners. Her most popular song, “Makenaide”, and an English reading exercise based on Sakai will be included in the high school English textbook beginning April 2014.
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