Japanese actress Takeuchi Yuko was found dead by her husband, actor Nakabayashi Taiki, in their Tokyo apartment early Sunday morning. Forty years old at the time of her death, she was the mother of two children, including a newborn born in January.
Although Takeuchi did not leave any notes, death by suicide is presumed. If that is confirmed, Takeuchi’s disappearance would follow other recent suicides by well-known Japanese talent, including actress Ashina Sei earlier this month, actor Miura Harumi in July and reality TV star Kimura Hana in May. Takeuchi’s official website on Stardust Promotion has not been updated yet.
Born in Saitama prefecture in 1980, Takeuchi has amassed a long list of credits in film and television drama, as well as many national acting awards.
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Her film career began with a supporting role in the 1998 J-Horror hit “Ring”. Her first starring role was in the 1998 teen drama “Innocent World”.
Over the next two decades Takeuchi was in high demand for television and film roles, often playing characters from the comically extravagant side, such as the hospital investigator in the 2009 drama Nakamura Yoshihiro “The Triumphant Return of General Rouge”. But she was also cast as the razor-sharp detective in “Miss Sherlock,” a 2018 series co-produced by Hulu and HBO Asia and broadcast in 18 countries around the world.
In 2007 Takeuchi won local awards for Best Actress for playing a dull, free-spirited friend and surrogate mother to her married lover’s young daughter in Negishi Kichitaro’s “Dog In the Sidecar.” Most recently, she won the Japan Academy Best Supporting Actress award for her work on the 2014 drama “Cape Nostalgia”.
Takeuchi’s warm, smiling image of woman-of-the-people has also made her popular with advertisers, who have used her as the face of many advertising campaigns, with Panasonic, Suntory and Shiseido among her best-known clients.
His most recent film, the comedy “The Confidence Man JP: Princess”, was released in July.
If you or someone you know in the United States have thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources. In other territories, call your local suicide hotline.