Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi found dead at 40

Lula Sharp
September 27, 2020

According to Japanese news reports, she was found unconscious in her Tokyo residence by her family in the early hours of Sunday (Sept 27) and was confirmed dead at the hospital.

Yuko is known to be 40-year-old at the time of her death and if her case is proved a suicide, it would follow in light of the surging suicide cases across Japan among well-known celebrities. Police are suspecting suicide as the cause of death.

Japan has seen a succession of apparent suicides by actors and a reality show star in recent months.

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Takeuchi, a native of Saitama Prefecture, appeared in a number of television dramas and movies, including the Asuka morning drama series broadcast by NHK between 1999 and 2000, Hayabusa, 1,778 Stories of Me and My Wife, and Golden Slumbers.

Her film career began with a supporting role in the 1998 J-Horror hit "Ring". In 2010, she challenged her first detective role in the drama "Strawberry Night".

In 2007 Takeuchi swept local best actress awards for playing a brassy, free-spirted friend and surrogate mom to her married lover's young daughter in Negishi Kichitaro's "Dog In the Sidecar". She won the Outstanding Leading Actress Award at the Japan Academy Awards for her movies "Yomigaeri" in 2003 and "Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu" in 2005. She has also been a popular face in commercials for food, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics.

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