Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

February 09, 2003

Shigeo Sasaki,

87, whose daughter was an atomic bomb victim who became famous for the paper cranes she folded, died Tuesday in Tokyo of a brain tumor.

Mr. Sasaki devoted his life to campaigning for peace after his 12-year-old daughter Sadako died in 1955 of radiation-related leukemia that she developed after the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima 10 years earlier. Mr. Sasaki, a barber from Hiroshima, retold her story to school children around the nation.

Sadako made cranes on her hospital bed, inspired by a Japanese legend that says anyone who makes 1,000 paper cranes would be granted a wish. She died before finishing the cranes, but her story led children all over Japan to raise money for a statue of her in Hiroshima.

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