Nothing is known about Tanaka's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that he was an officer for the Atlanta Police Department.
Officer Tanaka, along with Officer Alvarado and two other patients, attempt to calm Percy, who is having a coughing fit, secretly a charade to act as a distraction for Beth to retrieve medicine from the drug cabinet.
Officer Tanaka stands with Officers Bello and Alvarado as they prepare to exchange Carol Peletier and Beth for Officers Amanda Shepherd and Licari off of Rick Grimes. He watches in surprise as Beth and Dawn are killed, but remains calm as Rick's group departs the hospital.
With the multi-year time skip, the community of survivors at Grady Memorial eventually fell and everyone was killed, including Tanaka.
- Killed By
- Unknown causes
At some point, Tanaka and all the other Grady Memorial residents died due to unknown causes.
This list shows the victims Officer Tanaka has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies
- During a live Q&A with Gregory Nicotero hosted by Shindig.com on May 29, 2020, a user asked Nicotero about the status of the hospital survivors and Nicotero confirmed they are all dead.