'Miss Sherlock' Actress Yuko Takeuchi Found Dead At 40

Post by: Rick Ellis 28 September, 2020

Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi is dead at age 40.

According to The Japan Times, her body was found by her actor husband Taiki Nakabayashi at their home in Shibuya Ward at about 2:00 am Sunday morning. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has launched an investigation and suspects that Takeuchi committed suicide.

If that is indeed the cause of her death, it will be the latest in a troubling series of suicides committed by well-known Japanese celebrities. Those include actress Sei Ashina earlier this month, actor Haruma Miura in July and wrestling star Hana Kimura in May.

Takeuchi is best known to American audiences for her leading role in the TV series Miss Sherlock, a 2018 HBO Asia production which later ran in the Unites States on HBO. But she was very well-known and respected actress in her home country and won the Japanese Academy Award for best actress in a leading role for three years in a row from 2004 to 2007. She appeared in a number of television dramas and movies, including the 1999-2000 morning drama series Asuka, Hayabusa, 1,778 Stories of Me and My Wife, and Golden Slumbers.

Last modified on Monday, 28 September 2020 11:07