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Japanese Actress Takeuchi Yuko Dies by Suspected Suicide at 40

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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 Takeuchi Yuko has died at the age of 40, according to Variety, on Sunday. While her death is still being investigated, Japanese authorities believe she died by suicide.

“It came all of a sudden, and we are all stunned and saddened by the news,” her talent agency, Stardust Promotion, told the Japan Times.

Yuko starred in many film and TV roles throughout her career, starting with the series “Cyborg” in 1996. Since then she’s worked on projects such as the Hulu/HBO Asia series “Miss Sherlock” and films such as “The Triumph of General Rouge,” “Strawberry Night” and most recently, “The Confidence Man JP: Princess.” She voiced a character for the Japanese translation of Pixar’s “Inside Out” and earned a Japan Academy award for best supporting actress in 2014 for her role in “Cape Nostalgia.”

Fans and friends reacted to her death on social media and shared condolences.

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 via “Miss Sherlock” screenshot

Originally published: September 28, 2020
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