Japanese actor and musician Kanda Sayaka died Saturday evening in Sapporo, Hokkaido. She was 35 years old.
Her untimely death was confirmed by her agency and on her official website which removed all other content and replaced it with a notice.
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“I would like to inform everyone who has supported Sayaka Kanda so far. Kanda Sayaka (35 years old) passed away suddenly at 9:40 PM on December 18, 2021. We are very sorry to make such a report to all the fans who supported us and all the people who took care of us. We are still not We are currently investigating the detailed situation, but we kindly ask the media to refrain from interviewing relatives or publishing articles by way of speculation,” Rob CEO Kamiichi Mitsuhisa said in the statement.
Kanda was found unconscious, in a pool of blood, in an outside part of the hotel in Sapporo, where she was staying. She appears to have fallen six stories from her room on the 22nd floor. She was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.
The city’s Hokkaido police said they did not rule out death by suicide or vicious play.
The daughter of Kanda Masaki and famous singer and actor Matsuda Seiko, she had a career that included film, television, theater, and music. She was married for two and a half years between 2017 and 2019, before the marriage ended in divorce.
Kanda appeared in David Greenspan’s 1999 short film “Bean Cake,” which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Most recently, she did a Japanese voice-over for Anna in the Disney movie Frozen.
Japanese media reported that Kanda was set to play Eliza Doolittle in the Sapporo Theater of Cultural Arts production of “My Fair Lady.” Earlier in the day, she stated that she was not feeling well and canceled her performance.
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