Award-Winning Japanese Actress, Yoku Takeuchi Found Dead

40-year-old award-winning Japanese actress, Yuko Takeuchi is dead. Per sources, her husband has been found dead by her husband, Taiki Nakabayashi in their home in Shibuya Ward and the police are believing it was a suicide

Award-Winning Japanese Actress, Yoku Takeuchi Found Dead

Award-winning Japanese actress, Yuko Takeuchi has been found dead at her Tokyo home. 
The 40-year-old actress was reportedly found dead by her actor husband, Taiki Nakabayashi at their home in Shibuya Ward. Her death was confirmed at the hospital.

Police launched an investigation, suspecting that, the actress took her own life. Ms. Takeuchi was popular in Japan, known for the 1998 horror film Ringu which was adapted by Hollywood as The Ring.

In a statement, her talent agency Stardust Promotion said it was "stunned and saddened by the news".

The actress also played a female Sherlock Holmes in the 2018 HBO series Miss Sherlock, which was broadcast in several countries including the US.

For three years in a row, between 2004 and 2007, Ms. Takeuchi won the best actress in a leading role at the Japanese Academy Awards.

Along with her long list of acting credits, Ms. Takeuchi's warm, smiling, woman-of-the-people image made her popular with advertisers.

Although suicide has not been confirmed in Ms. Takeuchi's case, it has been the cause of death for several Japanese talents recently, including the actress Sei Ashina earlier this month, actor

Haruma Miura in July, and wrestling star Hana Kimura in May.
Japan has long battled one of the highest suicide rates in the industrialized world although figures have dropped since preventative measures were introduced more than a decade ago.