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Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi, 40, dies in apparent suicide

Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi has been found dead at her home in Tokyo, according to media in the country. Police have launched an investigation and suspect the 40-year-old took her own life, The Japan Times has reported. She is said to have been found by her husband, actor Taiki Nakabayashi, at their home on Sunday. Takeuchi was an award-winning actress who had featured in a number of films and TV shows during her career, and was well known in Japan. She was nominated for best actress in a leading category for three years in a row, from 2004 to 2007, at the Japanese Academy Awards.

In 2018, she played a female Sherlock Holmes in the HBO series Miss Sherlock, a female-led adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective stories. One of her earlier film roles was in the 1998 Japanese horror film Ringu - which was later adapted into American remake The Ring, starring Naomi Watts - playing one of the first victims of the film's cursed videotape. She also appeared in Japanese dramas Asuka and Love And Life In The White. More recently she appeared in The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Princess, released earlier this year. Paying tribute, Takeuchi's talent agency said: "It came all of a sudden, and we are all stunned and saddened by the news.":: Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email [email protected] in the UK.

Yuko Takeuchi has died aged 40 (Picture: Getty Images) The Ring actress Yuko Takeuchi has sadly died at the age of 40. The Japanese film and TV star was found dead at her home in Tokyo on Sunday morning, according to local reports. A cause of death is yet to be confirmed and Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department have now launched an investigation. Takeuchi's husband, actor Taiki Nakabayashi, reportedly found her at their home in Shibuya Ward. The actress' talent agency Stardust Promotion Inc. said of the sad announcement: 'It came all of a sudden, and we are all stunned and saddened by the news.' Takeuchi is best known for starring in 1998 horror Ringu, the original Japanese version of The Ring which was later adapted by Hollywood.

In 2018, Takeuchi also appeared in the HBO and Hulu series Miss Sherlock which aired in several countries. Takeuchi was an award-winning actress (Picture: Getty Images) She had a supporting role in 1998 horror movie Ringu (Picture: Ringu/Rasen Production Committee) Takeuchi made her acting debut in the 1996 drama Cyborg before landing her first starring role in the 1998 teen drama Innocent World. Her most recent role was in the comedy The Confidence Man JP: Princess. Takeuchi is survived by her husband and two children. Need support?

Contact the Samaritans For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website. Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi has been found dead at her Tokyo home at the age of 40. Police have launched an investigation and suspect the mother of two took her own life, according to local media reports. Takeuchi was well-known in Japan and played the female Sherlock Holmes in the 2018 Hulu and HBO Asia co-pro series Miss Sherlock, which was broadcast in multiple international markets including the U.S. She also won best actress in a leading role three years in a row, between 2004 and 2007, at the Japanese Academy Awards. Early roles also included horror hit The Ring. Although suicide has not been confirmed, it has been the cause of death for a number of Japanese talents recently, including the actress Sei Ashina earlier this month, actor Haruma Miura in July and wrestling star Hana Kimura in May. If you or anyone you know in the U.S. is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources. In other territories, please call your local suicide hotline. Yuko Takeuchi (Mainichi/Masashi Mimura) Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi (2nd from R) attends a press event in Tokyo in August 2019. Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi walks the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival in Tokyo's Roppongi district on Oct. 22, 2015. Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi (2nd from L) attends a Suntory Beer Ltd. promotional event in Tokyo in March 2015. Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi (far R) attends a press event in Tokyo in September 2014. TOKYO (Kyodo)--Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi has died in an apparent suicide at her home in Tokyo, people close to the matter said Sunday. Takeuchi, 40, was taken to hospital early Sunday where she was confirmed dead, they said. Her agency said on its website it is looking into details as "it came all of a sudden...we are all stunned with shock and in sadness." She received a number of film awards in Japan including the Japanese Academy Film Prize for outstanding performance by an actress in a leading role when she was among the winners for three years in a row from 2004, according to her official website. Takeuchi appeared in a variety of TV dramas and films such as the "Asuka" drama series broadcast by NHK and the movie "The Confidence Man JP - Episode of the Princess." She is also known for her role as the female Japanese Sherlock Holmes in the Hulu and HBO Asia collaboration drama "Miss Sherlock" broadcast in several countries. Earlier in the month, actress Sei Ashina, who made her voice acting debut in the Japanese language version of the 2011 American TV series "Revenge," was found dead at her apartment in a suspected suicide. Popular actor Haruma Miura also took his own life in July and Hana Kimura, who was a cast member of popular reality TV show "Terrace House," committed suicide in May after having been victimized by cyber-bullying.--List of suicide prevention hotlines TELL Lifeline (English) / Telephone hotline: 03-5774-0992 (9 a.m.-11 p.m. daily) Online chat: -chat/ (Fri.-Sun., 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m.) Federation of Inochi no Denwa (literally "telephone of life") can be reached by phone at 0570-783-556 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Federation Inochi no Denwa also accepts toll-free phone consultations on the 10th of every month from 8 a.m. until 8 a.m. the following day at 0120-783-556 The Federation's website is here: / A list of hotlines by regions affiliated with the center can be found here: The Tokyo suicide prevention center, a member of the nonprofit organization Befrienders Worldwide, can be reached every day from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. (from 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Thursdays) at 03-5286-9090, or at -jpn.org/ Actress Yuko Takeuchi, 40, has died in apparent suicide, it was learned Sunday. She was found at her home in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Sunday, investigative sources said. Takeuchi was sent to a hospital where she was confirmed dead, the sources added. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has launched an investigation and suspects that Takeuchi took her own life. Takeuchi's husband, actor Taiki Nakabayashi, 35, found her in bedroom in the apartment around 2 a.m., according to the sources. No suicide note has been found. "It came all of a sudden, and we are all stunned and saddened by the news," her talent agency, Stardust Promotion Inc., said, adding that it is examining the details of the incident. Takeuchi received a number of film awards and was nominated for the Japanese Academy Award for best actress in a leading role three years in a row from 2004. Takeuchi, a native of Saitama Prefecture, appeared in a number of television dramas and movies, including the "Asuka" morning drama series broadcast by NHK between 1999 and 2000, and "Sanada Maru," a taiga yearlong historical drama series aired by the public broadcaster in 2016. She also had a recent role in "The Confidenceman JP: Princess," the second movie based on the popular Fuji Television drama. If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. The TELL Lifeline is available for those who need free and anonymous counseling at 03-5774-0992. For those in other countries, visit -Hotlines for a detailed list of resources and assistance.