The star broke barriers as a female Sherlock Holmes in the detective series.

By Joey Nolfi
September 28, 2020 at 02:15 PM EDT
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Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi — who helped break barriers as the lead of HBO's female-led Sherlock Holmes adaptation Miss Sherlock — has died at age 40.

EW has confirmed the star was found dead Sunday at her home in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward in what police are investigating as a suspected suicide, according to multiple outlets.

In addition to her prolific career on Japanese television dramas (including the morning series Asuka, Love and Life in the White, and the historical epic Sanada Maru), Takeuchi appeared in a small role in Hideo Nakata's J-horror hit Ringuwhich inspired Gore Verbinski's 2002 English-language remake The Ring starring Naomi Watts.

However, Takeuchi is best known to North American audiences at the center of Miss Sherlock, Hulu and HBO Asia's female-led adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved mystery novels.

Prior to her death, Takeuchi was nominated for four Japanese Academy Awards for her work in film, and appeared in high-profile ad campaigns for Panasonic, Suntory, and Shiseido. Her most recent film, The Confidence Man JP: Princess, was released over the summer.

Takeuchi is survived by her husband, actor Taiki Nakabayashi, and two children.

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