Sources: Anime News Network | 0takomu | Twitter
The official Twitter feed for the Chibi Neko Tom no Dai Boken anime announced on Thursday that anime director and storyboard artist Ryutaro Nakamura (Serial Experiments Lain, Kino's Journey) had passed away on June 29 at 4 p.m. after months of being hospitalized while fighting colon cancer. The announcement was made after permission was given by his family. He was 58 years old at the time of his death.
Nakamura was the director of the Chibi Neko Tom no Dai Boken anime before his passing. He is possibly best known for his work as director on the Serial Experiments Lain anime. He is also known as the director of the Kino's Journey, Sakura Wars, and Ghost Hound anime series'.
I don't often re-watch anime, but Serial Experiments Lain is one of the ones I've seen several times. Kino's Journey is like one of my favorites and perhaps now is a good time to finish Ghost Hound.
His list of works isn't large compared to other people, but it's what he worked on. It's important note that he is not the original creators some of those. Directors in anime have various hiring, cinematography, angle, and creative leadership roles.
Except Colorful...I hated that.