Actress Yuko Takeuchi, 40, found dead
Published: 03:20 PM, 27 September 2020
Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi
Award-winning Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi has been found dead at her home in Tokyo.
Local media reported that the 40-year-old was found hanging by her actor husband Taiki Nakabayashi at their home and was later confirmed dead at the hospital.
Police have launched an investigation and suspect the mother of two took her own life. However, no suicide note has been found.
Takeuchi was a well-known actress in Japan, having appeared in many films and TV series during her career.
She played a female Sherlock Holmes in the 2018 HBO series Miss Sherlock, which was broadcast in several countries including the United States. She also won the best actress in a leading role category three years in a row, between 2004 and 2007, in the Japanese Academy Awards.
Takeuchi married kabuki star Shido Nakamura in 2005 and they had a son in 2008. They divorced that same year. Later, in February 2019, Takeuchi married actor Taiki Nakabayashi. She gave birth to her second son in January.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world although figures have dropped since preventative measures were introduced in 2015. - Japan Today, BBC