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Japanese Actress Ashina Sei Dies by Suicide at 36

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If you experience suicidal thoughts or have lost someone to suicide, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.

Japanese actress Ashina Sei has died at the age of 36, according to Deadline on Monday. According to Deadline, Tokyo police confirmed Sei died by suicide.

Sei first started her career as a model before starring in her first acting role in 2002 for “The Tail of Happiness” (“Shiawase no Shippo”) on TBS. She is perhaps best known for her role in François Girard’s 2007 film “Silk,” an international historical drama about a silkworm merchant who becomes enamored with Sei’s character. She most recently starred in the movie “AI Hokai,” which was release in January.

If this news is hard for you, know you are not alone — and there is help for people who feel suicidal. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

Header image screenshot via “Silk”/YouTube

Originally published: September 15, 2020
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