Sherlock Holmes actress Yuko Takeuchi, allegedly, claimed her life this weekend at the age of 40.
On Sept. 27, investigative sources learned that the actress was found hanging inside her home in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward.
Reports added that they rushed the 40-year-old award-winning actress to a nearby hospital where she was confirmed dead.
According to the Japan Times, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department already began its investigation. As of the writing, they suspect that Takeuchi died in an apparent suicide.
Around 2:00 AM on Sunday, her husband, actor Taiki Nakabayashi, found her in the said apartment’s bedroom. Unfortunately, no suicide note has been found, leaving more questions on her death.
Her talent agency, Stardust Promotion Inc., already issued a statement regarding her sudden passing.
“It came all of a sudden, and we are all stunned and saddened by the news,” the agency said.
They also assured that they are examining the details of the incident.
The shocking event came nearly two months after another well-renowned Japanese actor, Haruma Miura, also died in a suspected suicide.
Several sources said that his manager found him at his home. He, reportedly, left a suicide note in his room, which they never publicized.
“To fans and people concerned, we apologize for the worry and the inconvenience caused, but as to details we are still confirming and will inform you once again,” Amuse Inc., his management company, said in a statement.
Miura was still slated to appear in a TV drama series this month September. He also landed a role in a musical kicking off before this year ends.
As an award-winning actress, people indeed love Takeuchi and her projects.
She previously received several film awards. The actress also got a nomination in the Japanese Academy Award for best actress in a leading role from 2004.
She held the title for three consecutive years.
Saitama Prefecture native joined in a lot of television dramas and movies including Asuka, Sanada Maru, and The Confidenceman JP: Princess.
Furthermore, she famously played a female Sherlock Holmes. Miss Sherlock aired in HBO two years ago and also broadcasted in several countries, including the U.S.
Currently, Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. These shocking events somewhat contradict the claims that the number of suicide in the country already decreased.
In 2015, the World Health Organization reported that the figures in the country dropped ever since preventative measures were applied.
Featured image courtesy of Dick Thomas Johnson from Tokyo, Japan/Wikimedia Commons
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