Japanese singer Hideki Saijo dies of heart failure

Hideki Saijo caught the eye of many fans with his energetic singing style.
Hideki Saijo caught the eye of many fans with his energetic singing style.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/I LOVE HIDEKI SAIJO!

TOKYO - He suffered a stroke in 2011 but 40 days later, boosted by rehabilitation work, Japanese singer Hideki Saijo was back performing on stage, seated in a chair.

On Wednesday (May 16), Saijo, who said he did not quit show business because he wanted to stay positive and inspire others dealing with health issues, died at age 63.

His agency said he died of heart failure in a hospital in Yokohama, NHK World reported.

Saijo, who was born in Hiroshima City and made his debut at 17, caught the eye of many fans with his energetic singing style.

He also made his mark in other Asian countries, including a performance in 1998 at the Great Wall to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Japan-China peace and friendship treaty.