Japanese actress Takeuchi Yuko was found dead early Sunday morning by her husband, actor Nakabayashi Taiki, in her apartment in Tokyo. At the time of her death, she was forty years old and the mother of two children, including a boy born in January.
While Takeuchi left no note, death by suicide is suspected. If confirmed, Takeuchi’s death would follow other suicides by well-known Japanese talent, including actress Ashina Sei earlier this month, actor Miura Harumi in July, and reality TV star Kimura Hana in May. Takeuchi’s official website at Stardust Promotion has not yet been updated.
Born in Saitama Prefecture in 1980, Takeuchi garnered a long list of credits in television dramas and films, as well as numerous domestic acting awards.
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Her film career began with a supporting role in the J-horror hit “Ring” from 1998. She played her first leading role in 1998 in the teen drama “Innocent World”.
For the next two decades, Takeuchi was in high demand for TV and film roles and often played characters on the comically dizzying side, such as the hospital investigator in the 2009 Nakamura Yoshihiro mystery drama “The Triumphant Return of General Rouge”. It was also cast as razor-sharp truth in “Miss Sherlock,” a 2018 series co-produced by Hulu and HBO Asia and broadcast in 18 countries around the world.
In 2007 Takeuchi won the award for best actress in the region in Negishi Kichitaro’s “Dog In the Sidecar” because she played a brass-free friend and surrogate mother to the young daughter of her married lover. More recently, she won a 2014 Japan Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the drama “Cape Nostalgia”.
Takeuchi’s warm, smiling image as the woman of the people also made her popular with advertisers, who used her as the face of many advertising campaigns. Panasonic, Suntory and Shiseido were among their better-known customers.
Her most recent film, the caper comedy The Confidence Man JP: Princess, was released in July.
If you or someone you know in the US has thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources. In other areas, please call your local suicide hotline.