Japanese Actress Sei Ashina from the Movie 'Silk' Found Dead in Her Apartment at 36

Junie Sihlangu
Sep 19, 2020
12:30 A.M.

In a tragic turn on events, Sei Ashina, a Japanese actress was found dead on Monday, September 14, 2020. The star was only 36-years-old at the time of her death.


Sei Ashina was discovered dead this week in her Tokyo home. The actress’s death was ruled as a suicide by both her agency and the Tokyo police department.

A motive for her death wasn’t discovered as she never left a note behind. Her brother was the one who found her body after she stopped taking his phone calls and messages on Sunday.

Sei Ashina at the closing ceremony of the film "Silk" at the 20th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) on October 28, 2007, in Tokyo, Japan | Photo: Junko Kimura/Getty Images

Sei Ashina at the closing ceremony of the film "Silk" at the 20th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) on October 28, 2007, in Tokyo, Japan | Photo: Junko Kimura/Getty Images



The star was born as Igarashi Aya in 1983 in Fukushima. She ended going to Tokyo as a teenager where she found work as a fashion model.

In 2002, she made her acting debut in the drama “The Tail of Happiness.” Five years later she starred in the historical drama “Silk” as the Japanese lead after snatching the role from nearly 800 other actors.



She starred in "Silk" alongside Keira Knightley and Michael Pitt. The film was a Japanese-European adaptation of Alessandro Baricco's 1996 novel of the same name.

In 2010, she also had the lead role in the drama “Nanase: The Psychic Wanderers.” From 2017 until this year, she had a continuing role in the series “Aibo: Tokyo Detective Duo.”



Besides acting, Ashina also worked as a voice actor. In 2011, she had the lead role of Emily Thorne in the US series “Revenge” and also appeared in “Bloody Monday,” “Specialist,” and “Untouchable.”

The actress starred in some feature films like 2011’s “The Tale of Genji: A Thousand Year Enigma” and 2018’s Kenji “Perfect World.” Her talent agency noted her kindness as they honored her life.



The agency reportedly stated that her family members and people who worked with her were struggling with her loss. The talent agency said her loved ones were deep in sorrow over her loss.


The World Health Organization (WHO) states that around one million people die each year from suicide. They shared that suicidal people become so engulfed in pain that they can see no other option but to take their lives.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

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