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Japanese actress Ashina Sei dies at 36

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Ashina Sei, an established actor in high demand for TV dramas and films, was discovered dead in her Tokyo apartment Monday.

Both Tokyo police and her agency have confirmed that she died by suicide. She was 36.

Born in 1983 in Fukushima Prefecture as Igarashi Aya, she came to Tokyo while still a teenager and soon found work as a fashion model.

Ashina Sei at the Chanel show  2010 in Tokyo, Japan
Ashina Sei worked as a model before becoming an actress. (Getty)

She made her acting debut in 2002 in the TBS network drama The Tail of Happiness (Shiawase no Shippo).

Beating nearly 800 other hopefuls, Ashina was cast as the Japanese lead in the 2007 François Girard historical drama Silk, a Japanese, Canadian and Italian co-production.

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Sei beat 800 hopefuls to star in the 2007 drama Silk. (New Line Cinema)

She accumulated numerous TV and film credits in the past decade, including a lead role in the 2010 Kazuya Konaka drama Nanase: The Psychic Wanderers and a continuing role from 2017 to this year in the popular TV Asahi series Aibo: Tokyo Detective Duo, whose 19th season will air from October.

She also worked as a voice actor, including the lead role of Emily Thorne in the 2011 US series Revenge.

Sei Ashina, Keira Knightley, Silk premiere, Toronto International Film Festival, 2007
Sei Ashina starred opposite Keira Knightley in Silk. (Getty)

Ashina’s death is the latest in a spate of suicides involving well-known Japanese talents, including actor Haruma Miura in July and reality show star Hana Kimura in May.

No note was found in Ashina’s apartment and no motive has yet been put forward for her suicide. Her body was discovered by her brother after she stopped answering messages and phone calls on September 13.

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Shiba Inu Goes Viral For His Love Of Smiling, Especially After Seeing Food (30 Pics)

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When it comes to food, the puppy’s owner said he’s not picky at all; Uni loves everything, especially potato sticks.

However, if you too want to give your dog potatoes, American Kennel Club warns that it should be baked or boiled, with nothing added to it. “Potatoes fried in oil, such as french fries or potato chips, or potatoes with butter or salt added to them are not healthy for dogs. If your canine companion has diabetes, he should not be given potatoes because they can cause blood sugar spikes,” the organization wrote.

Uni, however, clearly can and does enjoy eating them.

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Tell Us Now: 22 Times You Passed On Movies & Shows Out Of Sheer Pettiness

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Look, everyone’s got the right to pass on movies and shows for no reason whatsoever. And there are a ton of legitimate reasons to bail on a show, a movie, or even an entire franchise or an actor’s body of work. That’s good–it’s how the marketplace should work. But human beings are just as likely to nope out for petty, dumb, spiteful reasons.

We asked our fans on Facebook to tell us the absolute weakest reasons they skipped a movie or show. Don’t be too hard on them–pretty much all of them openly admit that their judgment is seriously out of whack, here.

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Humble Queen Zendaya Posted The Sweetest Msg On Instagram After Her History-Making Emmys Win

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Zendaya just posted the cutest message on her Instagram story after becoming the youngest person to win an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama series as Rue in Euphoria. She is also the second EVER black actress to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Ahhh incredible.

In her message on IG, she thanked everyone who has “texted/tweeted/called etc” and said she’d get back to them after some sleep to “make sure this isn’t a dream.” Awww.

Her joyful win would make anyone jump with excitement, and seeing it in front of her friends and family make it that much more special.

“I know this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating,” Zendaya said in her speech.

“But I just want to say that there is hope in the young people out there. I know that our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope in the young people. And I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets, I see you, I admire you, I thank you,” she said.

This is an incredible win for the Euphoria actress, but it is also such an important milestone for the black community who have typically missed out on nominations at award shows like the Emmys, Oscars and Golden Globes. This years Emmys have been powerful reminder about the importance of inclusion and representation including: Anthony Anderson‘s black lives matter speech, Sandra Oh‘s Black Lives Matter/Korean outfit tribute and Regina King and Uzo Aduba, who both wore shirts in honour of Breonna Taylor.

“But, you know what? I’m still rooting for everybody Black, because Black stories, Black performance and Black lives matter,” Anderson said in his Emmys speech.

Twitter of course, is collectively losing their shit over Zendaya’s win and some couldn’t help but notice how supportive and hilarious her family looked in the background.

Zendaya wasn’t the only one to make history at the Emmy awards, Schitt’s Creek won a whopping seven award wins.

Daniel Levy from Schitt’s Creek also graced us with some hilarious and wholesome reactions throughout the night.

Honestly, these reactions make me wish that the Emmys were always filmed like this, because they were just so damn cute.

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