Co-founder, drummer, pianist, and principal songwriter of the band X Japan, which achieved breakthrough success in the late 1980s.
He began taking piano lessons and music theory at age four and formed his first band, Dynamite, in 1977.
He wrote the original musical theme for the 69th Golden Globe Awards.
His father committed suicide when he was young. He found solace in music.
He and Hyde were both well-known Japanese artists.