Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi, known for her roles in Miss Sherlock and Ringu, was found dead at age 40 in apparent suicide
- Takeuchi was found dead in her Tokyo apartment Sunday morning and transported to a local hospital where it was confirmed she was dead.
- She leaves her husband, actor Nakabayashi Taiki, and two children, including a nine-month-old son
- The star was known for roles in films such as Cyborg, Midnight Eagle and Ringu, the inspiration for 2002’s The Ring
- The 40-year-old actress was nominated for a Japanese Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role three consecutive times (2004-2007)
Japanese actress Takeuchi Yuko, known for her roles in Miss Sherlock and Ringu, has died at the age of 40.
Yuko was found dead early Sunday morning by her husband, actor Nakabayashi Taiki, in their Tokyo apartment, according to Variety.
Although the star, who has appeared in films such as Cyborg and Midnight Eagle, did not leave a note, the outlet noted that “death by suicide is presumed.”
Rest in peace: Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi was found dead by her husband, actor Nakabayashi Taiki, in their Tokyo apartment early Sunday morning, according to Variety (seen in 2018)
Her husband and two children survive, including a nine-month-old son.
“It happened all of a sudden and we are all shocked and saddened by the news,” his agency, Stardust Promotion Inc., said in a statement to The Japan Times.
Takeuchi was nominated for the Japanese Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role three consecutive times from 2004-2007.
Her acting range was extraordinarily wide, as she was known for dealing with stupid and highly intelligent characters throughout her career.
Devastating Loss: While the star, who has appeared in films such as Cyborg, Midnight Eagle and Ringu, didn’t leave a note, the outlet noted that “ death by suicide is presumed ” (pictured in 2016)
Takeuchi had starring roles in the 1999 NHK drama Asuka and 1999 Asuka, 2001’s Love and Life in the White.
In 2018, she starred as Sara “Sherlock” Shelly Futaba in HBO Asia’s Hulu and Miss Sherlock.
Just two months ago, she appeared in the film The Confidenceman JP: Princess.
Finished Too Soon: Takeuchi had starring roles in the 1999 NHK drama Asuka and 1999’s Asuka, 2001 Love and Life in the White; seen in 2015
As suicide rates in Japan have declined over the years, the country continues to battle some of the highest figures in the world.
According to statistics released by the National Police Agency, 20,169 people took their own lives in Japan last year.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24-hour toll-free number at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889).