The Straits Times
Published on Feb 04, 2013

Japanese kabuki star dies after leukaemia fight


TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese kabuki star Ichikawa Danjuro has died after a long battle with leukaemia, his family said on Monday. He was 66.

Mr Danjuro, whose real name was Natsuo Horikoshi, passed away at a Tokyo hospital late Sunday after suffering pneumonia, compounded by a compromised immune system.

"He looks finally relieved," Ebizo, Mr Danjuro's 35-year-old son and also a kabuki actor, told reporters. "His final days of battling against the disease were tough."

His death came just two months after the traditional world of kabuki lost another big figure, Mr Nakamura Kanzaburo, at 57 from illness.