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Actress Kyoko Enami Passes Away

posted on by Karen Ressler
Gokusen actress was 76

Actress Kyoko Enami's agency announced on Friday that she passed away on October 27 due to pulmonary emphysema. She was 76.

Enami was recording an NHK radio drama on October 22, but complained of poor health on October 26, at which time she was checked into the hospital. She passed away at 9:06 p.m. on October 27. Her relatives held a private funeral and held off on the official announcement until after it was over.

Her agency explained that she had had pulmonary emphysema for years, but continued her work as normal. She was involved in several upcoming television and radio dramas that will premiere in November, December, and January as planned.

Enami made her film debut in 1960, and was known for her role in the Onna Tobakushi film series. She won Kinema Junpo's Best Leading Actress award in 1973 and the Tanaka Kinuyo Award from the Mainichi Film Awards in 2011. She also had a role in the live-action television adaptations of Kozueko Morimoto's Gokusen manga starting with the third season.

Sources: Alpha Agency, Sports Hochi via My Game News Flash

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