The 40-year-old mother of two and Japanese actress, Yuko Takeuchi died Sunday in Tokyo in an apparent suicide, according to Japan Times.

Around 2 A.M., her husband, actor Taiki Nakabayashi, 35, discovered Takeuchi in the bedroom of their Shibuya apartment unconscious.

The Saitama-born actress was taken to the hospital, where she was eventually confirmed dead.

Police from Tokyo Metropolitan conducted an investigation.

The authorities believed that the Japanese actress, like the string of other actors, died by her own hand.

The police, however, found no suicide note.

Her demise “came all of a sudden,” declared Stardust Promotion Inc.

We are all “stunned and saddened” by her death, her talent agency added.

Fans in Disbelief

Early this year, Takeuchi gave birth to her second child with Nakabayashi.

The two married last year, The Strait Times reported.

The Japanese actress recently took a break from the entertainment industry due to her pregnancy.

However, earlier this month, she made an appearance at a promotional event of an instant noodles brand.

Takeuchi who posed with the packs of noodles, last posted on Instagram:

 “How’s everyone doing during summer vacation? I cut bangs for the new school year (sic).”

Her numerous fans consequently flooded her last post as an expression of their disbelief.

A Recent Raise

The Japanese actress’ death is just one of the many recent deaths in Japan.

Last month, Japan reported nearly 1,900 suicides with a 15 percent increase from the same month last year, per Al Jazeera. 

The Japanese government, as a result, urges its citizens to seek help if they are having a hard time coping with the global crisis.

On Monday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato did not mention a particular case but noted that some people were struggling to cope during the coronavirus crisis.

According to Katsunobu Kato, the Chief Cabinet Secretary, there was a significant increase “in suicide cases since July.”

In fact, Haruma Miura, another Japanese actor took his life two months ago.

It’s a sad fact that “so many people are ending their precious lives,” the Cabinet Secretary added.

Kato, Japan’s former health minister, urged Japanese citizens to use suicide-prevention hotlines.


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