I didnt even know she'd passed away .-. Im listening to the Utawarerumono OST in Songbird, her bio popped up in mashTape and I noticed that she'd died q__q I have no particular favourites when it comes to people who sing anime OP-EDs, but she has one of the nicest voices I've heard in a long time :/ So respect.
For those who havent heard of Eri, she sang the ED to the anime Utawarerumono, "Madoromi no Rinne", and the much lovelier B-side "Sen no Umi wo Koete" which, sadly, I cant find anywhere. Its highly recommended though. But heres the full version of the A-side from Youtube:
"Eri Kawai (河井 英里, born 河井 英理 Kawai Eri) (May 8, 1965 – August 4, 2008) was a female Japanese singer from Tokyo, Japan. She had graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and both composed and sung not only classic but also pop and world music. She was also friends with well-known video game composer Yasunori Mitsuda and had collaborated with him on some of his works. She died after being hospitalized as the result of liver cancer on August 4, 2008 just before noon; she was only 43."