Takeuchi Yuko, Japanese Actress, Dies at 40

Japanese actress Takeuchi Yuko was found dead by her husband, actor Nakabayashi Taiki, in their Tokyo apartment early Sunday morning.

Forty years old at the time of her death, she was the mother of two, including an infant boy who was born in January.While Takeuchi left no note, death by suicide is being presumed.

If that is confirmed Takeuchi’s demise would follow other recent suicides by well-known Japanese talents, 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 accumulated a long list of credits in both TV dramas and films, as well as many domestic acting awards.After making her debut in the 1996 drama “Cyborg,” Takeuchi rose to the industry heights with lead roles in the hit 1999 Nhk drama

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