Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Former TBS announcer Ako Kawada commits suicide 川田亜子さん自殺

Former TBS announcer Ako Kawada 川田亜子 was found dead Monday. Kawada sealed herself in a car belonging to her talent agency and died of carbon monoxide poisoning via a small grill in the backseat of the car. She was 29.

There was a note addressed to her parents in the car but nothing else indicating why she had decided to commit suicide. In her 5/22 blog post she wrote: 一番苦痛であります。(It is most painful) and 今はせつないです。(Right now (I) am sad) and according to her talent agency she was recommended to see a doctor as her physical appearance had worsened at the beginning of the month.

Other reports:
MDN (English)
Tokyograph (English)
Sankei Sports (Japanese)
Yomiuri (Japanese)

This is currently the cover story for a number of the daily sheets and what I woke up to when watching めざましテレビ. One of the main reasons I know who she is is that as a TBS announcer, she was one of the hosts of BODY, the precursor to SASUKE Maniac. She was also a sideline reporter at both SASUKE, KUNOICHI and the Sportsman No. 1 competitions during her time at TBS (2002 to 2007).


Arsenette said...

That's so sad! Yes if that's the same girl I usually see.. that's just so sad!

bserendipitous said...

Oh, so very sad...our hearts go out to her family and friends during what must be a very difficult and confusing time...

Dee said...

What a waste - may she find the peace that eluded her in life.

Anonymous said...

That's so sad.

Anonymous said...

Please be informed that there are a lot of suspicious points in the way of the "suicide". There is a huge discussion regarding her death in www.2ch.net(Japanese site). Most says she was killed and her agency, Japanese mafia and TV stations are involved. They also say JP massmeadia inentionally ignore this case due to some reasons.