Takeuchi Yuko, Japanese Actress, Dies at 40

Lawrence Kim
September 27, 2020

It was reported that actress Yuko Takeuchi (40) was found dead at her residence in Tokyo. In late January this year, she gave birth to her second baby boy.

Although suicide has not been confirmed in Ms Takeuchi's case, it has been the cause of death for a number of Japanese talents recently, including the actress Sei Ashina earlier this month, actor Haruma Miura in July and wrestling star Hana Kimura in May. After a successful debut back in 1996 for her role in Cyborg, the actress quickly climbed the ranks of the domestic market and landed hit after hit, including, the 1999 NHK drama Asuka, as well as the 2001 TBS drama Love and Life in the White.

Takeuchi enjoyed great popularity not only in Japan but also in China and South Korea with the hit dramas "Lunch no Joō" (2002) and "Pride" (2004), as well as the movie "Going to Meet Now" (2005). Her first starring turn was in the 1998 teen drama "Innocent World".

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".

Along with her long list of acting credits, Ms Takeuchi's warm, smiling, woman-of-the-people image made her popular with advertisers, Variety Magazine reports. In other territories, please call your local suicide hotline.

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