Award-winning Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi was found dead at her home in Tokyo aged 40.
Police have opened an investigation and suspect the mother of two has committed suicide, according to media reports.
She was reportedly found by her actor husband Taiki Nakabayashi at their home in Shibuya Ward. His death was confirmed at the hospital.
Ms. Takeuchi was a well-known actress in Japan, having starred in many films and TV series during her career.
She played a female Sherlock Holmes in the 2018 HBO series Miss Sherlock, which aired in several countries, including the United States.
She also won Best Actress in the Leading Role category three years in a row, between 2004 and 2007, at the Japanese Oscars.
In addition to her long list of acting actors, Ms. Takeuchi’s warm, smiling, common-woman image has made her popular with advertisers, Variety magazine reports.
Although suicide has not been confirmed in Ms Takeuchi’s case, it has been the cause of the deaths of several Japanese talents recently, including actress Sei Ashina earlier this month, actor Haruma Miura in July and wrestling star Hana Kimura in May.
Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, although the numbers have fallen since the introduction of preventive measures in 2015, according to the World Health Organization.
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