NHK reported on Monday that actress Ashina Sei has passed away at the age of 36.
According to police, a relative found Ashina in her home on Monday, Sept 14. Police are investigating the death as a possible suicide.
Ashina was born in Fukushima prefecture and played Yuki Shinbo in the NHK historical series Yae no Sakura in 2013.
Ashina played You Hime “Hime” in the 2005-2006 Kamen Rider Hibiki television show. She also played the role of Mikumo in the 2009 Kamui Gaiden live-action film. The film is based on Sanpei Shirato‘s The Legend of Kamui manga.
Ashina also played roles in other live-action adaptations of manga, including Impossibility Defense (as Risa Yumehara), Perfect World, Watashi wa Shadow, Yūbe wa Otanoshimi Deshita ne (as Kuriyama), Bara-Iro no Seisen: The Future Is in Our Hands!, Futagashira (as Ogin), Saru Lock, A Chef of Nobunaga (as Kaede), and Ship of Theseus.
Ashina also starred in Shoko Nakagawa‘s directorial debut short “Nanase Futatabi Prologue” in 2010.
If you or anyone you know is suicidal or having suicidal thoughts, please reach out to a suicide prevention organization in your country. In Japan, the TELL LifeLine service is available at 03-5774-0992, and an English counseling service is available at 03-4550-1146.