Japanese actor Yūko Takeuchi has died at the age of 40.
The mother of two was discovered by her husband in their Tokyo apartment early on Sunday morning (27 September). The death is presumed to be a suicide, local media reports.
Takeuchi was a prolific actor in both film and TV, with a list of credits including lead roles in the hit NHK drama Asuka in 1999, and the 2001 TBS drama Love and Life in the White.
One of her earliest film roles came in the hit 1998 J-horror Ringu, which was famously adapted into Hollwood horror film The Ring. In it, Takeuchi plays one of the first victims of the cursed videotape.
In Miss Sherlock, Takeuchi played a gender-bent version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic sleuth.
Tributes to the actor poured in online, with one social media user describing her death as “a great loss in the industry”.
“May your soul find peace. Thank you for your amazing work and artistry, Ms Takeuchi Yuko,” wrote another.
May your soul find peace. Thank you for your amazing work and artistry, Ms Takeuchi Yuko. 💔 pic.twitter.com/biTEWJnVkk
— Raph♛ (@bookdragoness) September 27, 2020
I didn't watch her dramas much, but her chemistry with Nagase in Mukodono always left my heart go kyun kyun 🥺
She's absolutely one of the greatest actress in Japan.
Rest in peace, Takeuchi Yuko san 🙏pic.twitter.com/JSZ1pfrcqh
— Thank You Nagase ❤ (@mrsnagase) September 27, 2020
Takeuchi is survived by her husband and two children.
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