Japanese actress and TV host Kumiko Okae died Thursday of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus, her management office said. She was 63.
Okae, who died at a Tokyo hospital at 5:20 a.m., developed a fever on April 3, the office said, adding she was hospitalized after her condition suddenly deteriorated three days later and then tested positive for the virus.
(Kumiko Okae pictured in May 1998.)
A familiar figure who appeared in TV dramas and variety shows, Okae underwent an operation for breast cancer last year.
She underwent radiation treatment from the end of January to mid-February, according to the office.