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Japanese actress Sei Ashina is found dead in her Tokyo apartment at the age of 36

Japanese actress Sei Ashina is found dead in her Tokyo apartment at the age of 36

  • Ashina’s death by suicide was confirmed by her management company and the Tokyo police
  • The actress was best known for playing one of the lead roles in the 2007 historical drama Silk, an international co-production directed by François Girard.
  • There is currently no known motive for Ashina’s death, and she doesn’t seem to have left a note
  • Her brother was the first to discover her body after not answering texts and phone calls from Sunday
  • Ashina, whose real name was Igarashi Aya, was born in 1983 and grew up in the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima

Japanese actress Sei Ashina was found dead in her Tokyo apartment on Monday at the age of 36.

Ashina’s suicide death was confirmed by her management company and the Tokyo police, she says Variety.

The actress was best known for playing one of the lead roles in the 2007 historical drama Silk, an international co-production directed by François Girard.

Tragic news: Japanese actress Sei Ashina was found dead in her Tokyo apartment on Monday at the age of 36. Tokyo police and its management company have called her death a suicide; pictured in 2010 in Tokyo

Tragic news: Japanese actress Sei Ashina was found dead in her Tokyo apartment on Monday at the age of 36. Tokyo police and its management company have called her death a suicide; pictured in 2010 in Tokyo

There is currently no known motive for Ashina’s death, and she doesn’t seem to have left a note.

Her brother was the first to discover her body after not answering texts and phone calls from Sunday.

A statement from her representatives, HoriPro, called Ashina’s death “sad and unhappy.”

“The detailed situation is currently under investigation, but we would ask the media to consider the deep grief of their families and not interview them,” it read.

“We would like to express our sincere thanks for Ashina’s kindness during his lifetime and pray for the souls of all of you.”

Sad discovery: Ashina's body was discovered by her brother after she stopped responding to phone calls and messages on Sunday. No note was found; pictured in July 2019

Sad discovery: Ashina's body was discovered by her brother after she stopped responding to phone calls and messages on Sunday. No note was found; pictured in July 2019

Sad discovery: Ashina’s body was discovered by her brother after she stopped responding to phone calls and messages on Sunday. No note was found; pictured in July 2019

Showbiz Dreams: Ashina, whose real name was Igarashi Aya, was born in 1983 in Fukushima prefecture. She moved to Tokyo as a teenager to do modeling before her acting debut in 2002; still from Silk

Showbiz Dreams: Ashina, whose real name was Igarashi Aya, was born in 1983 in Fukushima prefecture. She moved to Tokyo as a teenager to do modeling before her acting debut in 2002; still from Silk

Showbiz Dreams: Ashina, whose real name was Igarashi Aya, was born in 1983 in Fukushima prefecture. She moved to Tokyo as a teenager to do modeling before her acting debut in 2002; still from Silk

Ashina, whose real name was Igarashi Aya, was born in 1983 and grew up in the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima.

After moving to Tokyo when she was just a teenager, Ashina started a modeling career.

Her on-screen acting debut came in the 2002 Tokyo Broadcast System drama series A Tale Of Happiness (Shiawase no Shippo).

After more film and television projects, she scored her most famous film with Silk, an adaptation of the novel by the Italian author Alessandro Baricco.

The big time: after more film and television projects, she scored her most controversial film with Silk, an adaptation of the novel by the Italian author Alessandro Baricco; still from Silk

The big time: after more film and television projects, she scored her most controversial film with Silk, an adaptation of the novel by the Italian author Alessandro Baricco; still from Silk

The big time: after more film and television projects, she scored her most controversial film with Silk, an adaptation of the novel by the Italian author Alessandro Baricco; still from Silk

Notable role: she played an unnamed Japanese concubine, with whom Michael Pitt's character falls in love despite being married to a teacher (Keira Knightley); still from Silk

Notable role: she played an unnamed Japanese concubine, with whom Michael Pitt's character falls in love despite being married to a teacher (Keira Knightley); still from Silk

Notable role: she played an unnamed Japanese concubine, with whom Michael Pitt’s character falls in love despite being married to a teacher (Keira Knightley); still from Silk

The film was directed by French Canadian filmmaker François Girard, best known for the acclaimed drama The Red Violin.

American actor Michael Pitt starred as a French silkworm smuggler and Keira Knightley as his wife.

Ashina played an unnamed Japanese concubine with whom Pitt’s character falls in love and with whom he corresponds through a series of translated letters.

Ashina scored the role after beating 800 actresses competing for the role.

TV star: The actress was recently seen in the Japanese series Aibo: Tokyo Detective Duo, in which she played a recurring role from 2017 to this year; shown in 2007

TV star: The actress was recently seen in the Japanese series Aibo: Tokyo Detective Duo, in which she played a recurring role from 2017 to this year; shown in 2007

TV star: The actress was recently seen in the Japanese series Aibo: Tokyo Detective Duo, in which she played a recurring role from 2017 to this year; shown in 2007

The actress was recently seen in the Japanese series Aibo: Tokyo Detective Duo, in which she played a recurring role from 2017 to this year.

Earlier this year she was seen in the movie AI Amok.

Ashina was also a popular voice actress, and she named the lead character of the US series Revenge, which ran for four seasons on ABC from 2011-2015.

If you or someone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, text ‘STRENGTH’ to the Crisis Text Line, or click here.

Multiple Talents: Ashina was also a popular voice actress, and she named the lead character of the US series Revenge, which ran for four seasons on ABC from 2011–2015; pictured with Keira Knightly at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival

Multiple Talents: Ashina was also a popular voice actress, and she named the lead character of the US series Revenge, which ran for four seasons on ABC from 2011–2015; pictured with Keira Knightly at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival

Multiple Talents: Ashina was also a popular voice actress, and she named the lead character of the US series Revenge, which ran for four seasons on ABC from 2011–2015; pictured with Keira Knightly at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival

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