Streamline Pictures co-founder Carl Macek passed away from a heart attack on April 17, 2010, at age 58. Mr. Macek was a principal part of the group that created the “Robotech” franchise out of Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada, and was also involved in many other projects in the early days of the anime industry in the United States. Macek co-founded Streamline Pictures with cartoon historian Jerry Beck, which led to the English dubs of seminal anime movies like Akira, Fist of the North Star, and the original dubs of Studio Ghibli’s Laputa (a.k.a. Castle in the Sky) and My Neighbor Totoro. More recently, Macek adapted Naruto and Bleach for the North American market. He was also involved in the formation of Spumco with John Kricfalusi in the late 1980’s, parting ways with them in 1990 to go to Streamline full-time after helping to sell Ren & Stimpy to Nickelodeon.
Sources: Anime News Network and Cartoon Brew