“Award-winning 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, media reports say.
“She is said to have been found by her actor husband Taiki Nakabayashi at their home in Shibuya Ward. Her death was confirmed at hospital.
“Ms Takeuchi was a popular actress in Japan, having appeared in many films and TV series during her career.
“In a statement her talent agency, Stardust Promotion, said it was “stunned and saddened by the news”.
“Ms Takeuchi was known for her role in 1998 Japanese horror film Ringu, which was adapted by Hollywood in 2002 as The Ring.”
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