|Real name||Watanabe Kazuki (渡辺和樹)|
|Date of birth||April 7, 1981|
|Birthplace||Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan|
|Date of death||October 31, 2000|
|Occupation||guitarist, songwriter, vocalist|
Watanabe Kazuki (April 7, 1981 – October 31, 2000) was the guitarist, and songwriter for the visual kei band Raphael. Prior to Raphael, he was involved with television. He passed away on October 31, 2000.
Watanabe started things off not as a musician, but as a young star who played a few roles in some TV and film productions. Afterwards, he drifted from the acting scene onto the music industry when he joined the band, Raphael in 1997. His duties were to be the guitarist and write songs for the young band, whose members were all at the age of 15. Three years later, they would be popular enough to head the Nippon Budokan, an arena where various famous musicians performed concerts at, such as Bob Dylan and Ozzy Osbourne.
He also had a side project called Yuri Juujidan (百合十字団), a band consisting of Watanabe on vocals, Kuruto (ex-Pleur) on bass and Mask on guitar. However, by the time they were making music, Watanabe passed away before he was able to record his voice.
2000-2012: Death and aftermathEdit
On October 31, 2000, Watanabe was found dead in his room in Ebisu, Shibuya. The cause of death was reported as a sedative overdose, according to the police. He was 19 years old. After his death, Raphael disbanded in January 2001, only to revive in 2012 for two concerts dedicated to their guitarist on October 31st through November 1st. They would then release a re-recording of their 1999 song, Eternal Wish (Todokanu Kimi e), as a single.